Mos Def- The Ecstatic

Label: Downtown Music, LLC
Rating: 3 Guns

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Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Mos Def is a rapper who’s name lives up to his skill. As a rapper, he is socially aware about the world and politics. Mos uses hip-hop as a forum to discuss what is going on and what we are not even aware is going on. Mos has come a long way in his 10 year plus career- starting Black Star with Talib Kweli (another rapper worth checking out), going solo and acting.

Mos’ forth album, The Ecstatic is a well produced hip-hop album. Madlib, Oh No (Madlib’s brother), Chad Hugo (of The Neptunes), Mr. Flash and the late J Dilla all contribute to the album.

The track History is almost like history as Talib Kweli and the late producer J Dilla are all on it. Mos and Talib trade verses against a smooth jazz beat. As a personal side note, I would like Black Star to do another album, but for those who are not familiar with the group, listen to their track Definition- it’s a classic.

Roses features the voice of Georgia Anne Muldrow. Her tender voice is so sweet to listen to. Her father is the late jazz guitarist Ronald Muldrow and her mother is Rickie Byars-Beckwith.

Workers Comp talks about overcoming tough times, which many people can relate to now of days.

Mos quotes the classic Rappers Delight on the track Quiet Dog, which is pretty cool to hear a bridge between the old and the new school.
The album is poetic and is one of his best works since Black On Both Sides, which is another great album to check out. Even though their are several producers on the album, the tracks flow together very well and create an ecstatic (no pun intended) sound.

A fun fact, the album cover taken from Charles Burnett’s 1977 film, Killer Of Sheep.


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