What’s The Verdict On The New Mos Def Album?
Mos Def hasn’t released a proper album – you know with real cover art and all – since 2004’s The New Danger and I haven’t seen much of a response on the ol’ internets. Quite frankly I’m a little surprised by the lack of enthusiasm. Where the stans at? I mean Mos is Ecstatic over here and it feels as if it’s fallen on def ears (no pun intended).
There’s no question that in his heyday, the Mighty Mos was on track to become one of hip-hop’s biggest stars. He had huge co-signs, hit records, a strong, loyal fan base and of course a serious acting career, yet it seemed as if the Brooklyn renaissance man never chased success in the rap world in the same way that some of his fellow “conscious, backpack rap” peers did. (Common anyone?)
Instead of capitalizing off his buzz, maybe using his association with rap’s elite (i.e. Kanye West, The Neptunes, etc) Mos made a series of strange decisions that may not have sit well with the hip-hop crowd. First he went the rock route, forming the group Black Jack Johnson with Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know, that never really materialized into anything (For the record I thought they were dope but I’m in the minority on that one), then he released the critically panned True Magic in ‘06, that sounded more like a unfocused collection of demos and b-sides.
Now three years later dude is back in full force, hip-hopped the fuck out and…and…nothing.
Granted the disc definitely takes a minute to grow on you – Mos’ athletic rhyme patterns aren’t the easiest to digest and his beat selection is far from radio friendly – but are people just writing him off.
What do you guys think? Are people feeling The Ecstatic? Do people care about Mos Def the rapper anymore?-Jesse Gissen