Conceptually designed as a Euro-only press, this album showcases Mos’s career path from true Brooklyn eMCee to ‘face of the underground’ to ‘a bit Hollywood’ to experimental singing & rock n’ roll. That said, instead of being disjointed, this album comes together magically. Released in 2009 on the independent label Downtown Records, Mos reaffirms his almost mythical status as acceptable underground/crossover with Quiet Dog Bite Hard, a rough, rock-influenced track in addition to the near-miraculous Life In Marvelous Times. Though guest appearances have been known to ruin hip hop albums, Auditorium (Slick Rick) and the 9th Wonder-produced History with Talib Kweli both provide excellent complements to Mos on the appearances.
Peep the album – it’s wonderful, and a true Hip Hop Classic.
a bit fast on the cuts, but omega 3600 nails it spot on with Mos, Obama, et al
*from the fantastic Mos Def album, The Ecstatic, one of the albums that brought me back into the Hip Hop Renaissance.*
Ev’s Top Albums of the Decade
*In the era of hip hop degradation, decline and distress, these albums still shined through. In fact, I realize now as the decade closes that these are indeed the most influential records of my lifetime. Though it took an excessive amount of filtering, research and kickdowns, I am very fortunate to have encountered & enjoyed the following EP’s (with a special thanks to TFleezy and MoBeezy for further opening my personal, audio windows).
Without further adieu:
Blueprint – 1988
Jay-Z & DangerMouse – The Grey Album
DJ Shadow – Private Press
JayLib (Madlib & JayDilla) – Champion Sound
D’Angelo – Voodoo
Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein
Aesop Rock – Labor Days
J-Live – All of the Above
Honorable Mention(s): 9th Wonder & Nas – God’s Stepson; Foreign Exchange – Connected; Damien Marley – Welcome to Jamrock; Common – Like Water For Chocolate; MadVillain – Madvillainy; Matisyahu – Live at Stubbs; Del – Deltron 3030; Murs & 9th Wonder – Murs 3:16 the Ninth Edition; Jay Dilla – Donuts; Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly; MF Doom – Special Herbs 1 & 2; RJD2 – Deadringer; Little Brother – The Minstrel Show; Ghostface – Supreme Clientele; The Coup – Party Music; Mr. Lif – I, Phantom ; Redman & Method Man – Blackout 2