Black on Both Sides - (Import CD)

Mos Def

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  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. East Coast Rap
Mono / Stereo
Black on Both Sides [PA]

Personnel includes: Mos Def (rap vocals, keyboards, vibraphone, bass, drums, congas, percussion); Vinia Mojica (vocals); Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip (rap vocals); Johnny Why (guitar); Weldon Irvine (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards).
Producers include: Mos Def, DJ Premier, Diamond, The Beatnuts, 88 Keys.
Recorded at Sony Music Studios, Chung King and D & D Studios, New York, New York.
Mos Def, one-half of the much loved Brooklyn duo Black Star, breaks out on his own with the most intense solo debut in hip-hop since THE MISEDUCATION OF LAUREN HILL. Like MISEDUCATION, BLACK ON BOTH SIDES stretches the definition of the genre to incorporate all aspects of music of the African Diaspora, from reggae to jazz, to form a new kind of sound. Def sings, Def raps, Def does all that and then some. The wide scope of the album is most evident by the collaborators he chooses to work with, who run the gamut from the underrated mastermind of a Tribe Called Quest, Ali Shaheed Mohammad, to the wrongly unsung hero of rare groove, keyboardist Weldon Irvine.
The message in Mos Def's music is that like in blues and jazz before it: hip-hop is not a separate "giant living in the hillside" but a reflection of who we are. In "Fear of Not Man," Mos queries his audience, "next time you ask where hip-hop is going, ask yourself where am I going?" In "Hip Hop" he warns, "hip hop will simply amaze you, praise you, pay you, do whatever you say to, but black, it can't save you."

Country of Origin
Rawkus Records
Universal Distribution
Mos Def
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Fear Not of Man
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Hip Hop
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Love
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Ms. Fat Booty
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Speed Law
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Do It Now - (featuring Busta Rhymes)
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Got
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Umi Says
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] New World Water
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Rock N Roll
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Know That - (featuring Talib Kweli)
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Climb - (featuring Vinia Mojica)
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Brooklyn
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Habitat
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Mr. Nigga - (featuring Q-Tip)
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Mathematics
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] May-December
  1. Mos Def
Studio / Live

Rolling Stone (11/11/99, p.137) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...manages the oxymoronic feat of being a humble MC....His often nationalistic rhymes are complimented by jazzy, mostly sample-free tracks....Who says that modesty and reverence don't have their place on hip-hop hits?"
Entertainment Weekly (11/5/99, p.83) - "...a tightrope walk across diverse hip-hop styles....Merging old-school bravado with new-school poetics, [Mos Def] spouts incisive Afrocentric reality that takes all sides into account." - Rating: A-
Q (12/02, p.120) - 4 out of 5 - "...One of the best rap albums of recent years and not a lame skit in earshot..."
Q (1/00, pp.120-22) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A throwback to the sophisticated heyday of the Native Tongues Posse, with extra poignancy and a bracing Busta Rhymes cameo to boot."
Alternative Press (2/00, pp.85-6) - 4 out of 5 - "...This is the return of the '100-percent intelligent black child'...and he's smarter and more independent than ever....Everyone who likes rap music even a little should hear what Mos has to say..."
The Wire (1/00, p.67) - Included in Wire Magazine's "50 Records Of The Year ['99]"
The Wire (1/00, p.80) - "HipHop's most eloquent spokesman takes his rightful place on the throne....A deeply personal that takes in a vast range of emotions and scenarios....a complex and many layered work..."
CMJ (11/1/99, p.3) - "...simply one of the most unhindered and aesthetically ambitious hip-hop records in recent memory..."
CMJ (1/10/00, p.3) - Ranked #5 in CMJ's "Top 30 Editorial Picks [for 1999]."
The Source (11/99, pp.218-220) - 4 mics out of 5 - "...the mighty Mos Def leads the charge for 80-year-old couldn't make an album this mature."
Mojo (Publisher) (10/02) - "...Among the genre's all-time greats..."

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David Kennedy; Johnny Why

Lunga, South Africa. 1 July 2016

this was a dope CD

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