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The Red Mic That Travels With Mos Def

Artist Relations Manager Cory Lorentz recounts the time when he saw Mos Def perform to a sold out crowd with his beloved custom painted red Super 55 Shure mic.
February, 15 2010 |


Mos Def Live At Chicago
Mos Def Live At Chicago's Congress Theater

Making good on his promise to return to Chicago after a scheduling conflict kept him from getting here in January, Mos Def showed up at the Congress Theater on February 13th, to rock a sold-out crowd. I caught Mos backstage during soundcheck while the masses started a line outside that stretched for blocks and blocks. Before I could even ask him about it, Mos pulled his new favorite thing, his custom painted Red Super 55 Shure mic, from the depths of his overcoat and proceeded to sing its praises. While I heard rumors that Mos Def travels with this mic in his pocket, I finally confirmed it. From the side of the stage, I watched as Mos warmed up with a few classic cuts spanning his catalog, including a few tracks from the Blackroc project. After dropping off a few SRH750DJ headphones for his DJs, I hit the crowd just in time for the show to begin. 

- Cory

Cory Lorentz
Cory Lorentz is the Artist Relations Manager at Shure. He enjoys weekends, tacos and has a soft spot for the kind of lite rock music you'd hear in a dentist's office.

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