Mos Def - Black On Both Sides
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Black on Both Sides is the debut album from Mos Def addresses serious socio-political issues while remaining positive and affirmative from start to finish. Not since the emergence of A Tribe Called Quest and Q-Tip has hip-hop seen an MC as intelligent, as lyrically proficient as Mos Def.
On paper it didn’t seem like Mos Def, born Dante Smith, had the résumé to qualify him for a push to rap’s upper echelons as the millennium changed over. He executed the rap superstar playbook somewhat backwards. He had the hood cred, hailing from the Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant when it was arguably at its worst but in a time when many rappers were diversifying with a clothing line and acting roles, he was an actor first. That made him an interesting dark horse to ride in the opposite direction of where popular rap was headed, and it seemed no one knew he would put conscious rap on his back at a time when it desperately needed to be carried into the new millennium.
The album features the singles "Ms. Fat Booty" and "Mathematics".
Heavyweight double vinyl produced by Geffen Records in 2015. Gatefold sleeve.