Black on Both Sides

Black on Both Sides

by Mos DefMos Def


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On his impressive debut solo endeavor, Brooklyn's mighty Mos Def delivers the album most true school hip-hop fanatics have patiently awaited since the original Native Tongues collective stopped speaking. BLACK ON BOTH SIDES is at once thoughtful (the anthemic "Hip Hop"), playful (the Slick Rick-meets-Wu-Tang-flavored "Ms. Fat Booty"), and righteously indignant ("New World Water," "Mr. Nigga" featuring Q-Tip). Unlike Mos's spotty Black Star longplayer from last year, this time around the mindspray is supported by consistently strong musical choices and excellent production from the likes of Diamond D, The Beatnuts, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and the always dependable DJ Premier. Undoubtedly, some underground purists may cry foul upon hearing Mos unleash some soulful crooning of his own (á la Lauryn Hill) on numbers like the hypnotically free-associative "Umi Says" or "Climb's," which features a melodic nod to Diana Ross. Such obtuse thinking misses the brunt of one of Mos's main messages -- one most pointedly illustrated on "Rock N Roll": "You may dig on the Rolling Stones/ But they ain't come up with that style on they own." In other words, whatever genre we're talking about, it's all Black music, baby. So don't hate -- celebrate.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
Label: Rawkus / Umgd
UPC: 0008811290528
catalogNumber: 112905
Rank: 22025

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mos Def   Primary Artist,Bass,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Keyboards,Vibes
Weldon Irvine   Piano,Keyboards
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
Vinia Mojica   Vocals
Mathias Q-Tip   Track Performer
Talib Kweli   Track Performer
Johnny Why   Guitar

Technical Credits

Weldon Irvine   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Beatnuts   Producer
Diamond D   Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
David Kennedy   Producer,Engineer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Producer
Mos Def   Producer,Executive Producer
88-Keys   Producer
Etch-A-Sketch   Producer
Shaka   Executive Producer
Psycho Les   Producer
Johnny Why   Engineer
Ayatollah   Producer
Ge-ology   Producer

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