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Wow, this has got to be some of the best hip-hop I've heard in years. I'll admit that I don't know much about Mos Def, but I do know that this album is amazing and it makes me want to find out more about him.
Anyway, this definitely isn't your typical mainstream hip-hop album, despite the fact that it's been getting play on lots of mainstream hip-hop stations. Not only can Mos Def throw together some great rhymes, but he seems genuinely interested in creating putting together actual songs with some degree of structure and progression. This is definitely a welcome change from most other hip-hop artists today, who seem satisfied putting out tracks that are really just 4 minutes of rhyming over the same repeating beat. The whole album is pretty damn good, but a few tracks in particular stick out. "Ms. Fat Booty" (yeah, I know, lame title), the first single from the album, mixes some traditional hip-hop beats and rhymes with samples of what sounds like an old, soulful female jazz singer. "Rock N Roll", my favorite song on the disc, starts out as a rant about how white artists have been stealing and profiting from black music for years (remember the article in last week's Brain? It's along those lines). The music starts out fairly laid back and funky and then all of the sudden turns into a straight-out guitar-driven rock song. Pretty cool. The album closes with the funky instrumental "May-December", which features a nice keyboard melody played over some deep synth sounds, a vibraphone and funky bass line (the latter two of which were played my Mos Def himself). In this album, Mos Def comes across as one of those artists who's truly mastered their genre and is able to simultaneously able to appeal to both mainstream fans and picky bastards like myself.


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Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2005 12:51  


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