This is a Mos Def album (now known as Yasiin Bey) that everyone should check out. He returns to the emcee on this one. This wasn’t one of my favorite records but the video enhanced it for me. This week’s Re-Release is Mos Def’s “Sex, Love, & Money“.
“During the first several years of the 2000s, it wasn’t unreasonable to want Mos Def, one of the most dazzling living MCs, to make a rap album. After he released 2006′s True Magic, his first all-rap release in seven years — following the back-to-back instant classics Black Star and Black on Both Sides – it was easier to understand why he had been devoting much more time to acting and diversions like The New Danger. It was evident that he was not inspired, no doubt prompting a fair portion of his followers to think, “OK, maybe we should have been more specific: please make agood rap album.” On The Ecstatic, it’s not as if Mos Def makes a full return to the lucid/bug-eyed rhymes heard on decade-old cuts like “Hater Players” and “Hip Hop.” Instead, he comes up with a mind-bending, low-key triumph, the kind of magnetic album that takes around a dozen spins to completely unpack. Oscillating between cerebral gibberish and seemingly nonchalant, off-the-cuff boasts, it’s obvious that Mos Def is back to enjoying his trade. ” – Allmusic.com