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Black on Both Sides [Instrumental] [VINYL]

Mos Def Vinyl
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Regarded as one of the most insightful artists of our time, musician, activist and actor Mos Def has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike with a celebrated body of work that has crossed all artistic genres—from music to the Broadway stage, film and television.

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  • Vinyl (8 Nov 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rawkus
  • ASIN: B00004SVGV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,160,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll still be listening to this in 10 years time 16 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have an enormous collection of hip hop, ranging from the early 90s to 2day, but nothing stands out like this. To say the very least, Mos Def is an immensly talented mc and his rhymes are witty, entertaining and thought provoking. Black on Both Sides is refreshing, even though Mos Def isn't rapping about the same subjects as 2days latest stars like 50 cent etc (which makes a nice change!) there is a track for every1 and every mood. For me 'Ms Fat Booty', 'Do it now', 'New World Water', 'Know that' ft Talib Kweli and the unusual 'Climb' really stand out. He mixes chilled out hip hop jazz beats with sharp lyrics which makes this cd so easy to listen to. I suppose alot people say this about loadsa music, but this cd is so worth the money, even if you arent usually drawn to more underground artists, Mos Def has something about him that is so uplifting. I also like the way the tracks are neatly mixed one to another. I suppose this is like a more educated, less egotistic version of Nas, or a less harsh Pharoah Monche. Whatever your tastes, this cd is so diverse its worth having, any self respecting hip hop fan would agree!! Peace
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hottest MC outhere 4 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Umi Says and thought who is this, so I bought the album on the strength of that joint. That was a class track and this album has more gems, the single MS Fat Booty, love, know that and Mr Nigga. These are probably the standout tracks and you will be skipping back to replay these tracks, Mos Defs lyrics are truely brilliant and this album would not be for those gangsta rap fans as it is more soul and lyrics that make sense and have real issues. If you like common, Talib Kweli and the Blackstar joint then you must purchase this album it's a true classic. Quinny in Leeds
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Hip Hop Album......EVER!!!!!!! 21 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Even though this is just my opinion, i think many can agree that this is the best hip hop album ever released. This is one of those albums that you will have on repeat for the whole day without getting bored of it. For some listeners, it will take a couple of listens to get used to, but as soon as you have you will be recommending this to all of your friends. Now if you're into hip hop from artists like 50 Cent and G Unit this might not be the album for you, but give it a try anyway. Standout tracks include Ms. Fat Booty (a track explaining the relationship between Mos and a girl he meets in a club), Umi Says (a mellow jazz inspired track, with Mos playing many of the instruments included), Do It Now (a high energy track with Busta Rhymes) and Know That (an early taste of the amazing 'Black Star' partnership with Talib Kweli). If you haven't got this album already, GET IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening 20 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Mos Def has once again proved that he is still one of the shining lights in hip hop. On this album, he combines his laid back rapping with all sorts of culturally diverse background beats, ranging from Indie to jazz to rock and roll (on the namesake track). Tracks that stand out in particular are 'New World Water', 'Speed Law','Love' and 'Fear not of man'. If you like the likes of MC Solaar and Rakim, I strongly suggest you buy this excellen album
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark release from one of hip-hop's finest 11 Mar 2007
By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After his patchy 2004 release, The New Danger, this remains the definitive Mos Def album: a towering achievement by a unique artist whose appeal stretches way beyond the boundaries of rap and hip-hop. Painted from a rich and diverse musical palette, Black on Both Sides simply dazzles at every turn. It eschews the overly slick production and the cloying references to guns and b*tches usually associated with the genre, and instead focusses its attention on themes of a rather more universal nature. On 'Rock `N' Roll', for example, Mos seeks to redress the balance in the collective consciousness of the music buying public ("You may dig on the Rolling Stones, but everything they did they stole") while on `New World Water' he reflects lucidly on that most precious commodity, otherwise known as H2O.

As a whole, BoBS is an intelligent, understated oeuvre - but it is not without bite; see, notably, the aforementioned `Rock `N' Roll', `Know That' (my personal favourite track, featuring long-time partner-in-rhyme, Talib Kweli) and `Mr Nigga', in which Mos deals a deft blow to institutionalized racism with lines about amusing encounters with first-class air stewardesses.

Soothing, inspiring, and empowering, Black on Both Sides is that rare thing in music: an album to suit any mood. Definitely one of my top 10 records of all time...

Matt Pucci
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best hip-hop albums of the 90s 9 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album about a year ago, but have hardly stopped playing it. Excellent beats, superb lyrics and a real mix of styles combine to make it a great listen. It's not your typical hip-hop album - he raps intelligently about music, life, his beliefs, sex, you name it. But the songs are incredibly catchy, deep, and varied.
If you like Roots Manuva, you will love this, I promise. He takes a similar approach to Roots Manuva, but executes it more skilfully and comes up with songs that stand the test of time. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOSSLEPT ON ARTIST OF 1999!!!!!! 29 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
BLACK ON... wins ALBUM OF THE YEAR because Mos Def has soul,when others have "sold"!He wins MOST IMPROVED ARTIST;not that BLACK STAR wasn't tight-but he wins by being the only artist who came back stronger, hungrier,spiritually healthier, and just lyrically better from his last effort(yes including DMX,NAS,and JAY-Z) You may first smile,but then become mesmerized by his singing;esp on UMI SAYS. MS.FAT BOOTY,you quickly learn,was a ploy to get you in;but dont worry, you'll be glad you came! Like his Native Tongue brother Posdnous(of De La Soul) his rhymes areso phat,that his pure skill, verbal gymnastics,and deep thought may be overlooked.Especially with an abundance of "gutter lovely" beats like that of GOT, a humorous romp explaining the consequence of showcasing your valuables,or acting tough in the wrong neighborhood.Though some of the most acclaimed "underground" producers(even Premo himself)shined brilliantly,Mos Def is the one who shocks the mos,not only behind the boards,but also on live instruments! His album title clearly states hs "non-Billboard chart-caring"persona; and his music backs up this stance-even at one point admonishing rap heavywieghts for their tryst with rock-rap groups(ROCK N ROLL).Overall this album is very focused,inteligent,club-bangin, and even jeep-friendly; all the characteristics of A SOON CLASSIC!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST
Mos Def has a great way with words, and his songs are so true, no matter how much time passes. he is true hip hop!
Published 4 months ago by Gavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb album
Mos Def's debut is definitely one to have a look at. Black on Both Sides is the kind of album that you can easily listen from start to finish without skipping a song, as all the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martin Holden
5.0 out of 5 stars replacement copy
Purchased this as a replacement for my hubby. He loves this album and says it is a must have for the collection. He has a wide Musical genre over all styles.
Published 6 months ago by Clarissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Album is excellent from start to finish. It is a shame however, that this is Mos Def's only real work of any quality, in my opinion.
Published 7 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
As intelligent, refreshing and relevant now as it was when it came out. Has become one of my top 5 albums.
Published 9 months ago by Jack Worrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Mos Def: Black On Both Sides.
Great product, ever since hearing the song Mathematics i have been a fan of Mos Def. Just had to order the album finally. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2012 by pumpkin_king6
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
This album is an absoulute classic! It is one of those albums you can enjoy from start to finsh. Mos defs lyrics are intelligent and interesting and the songs are pure class! Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by bex
Published on 20 Aug 2003 by "blibsta"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff from Mos
I bought this album a while ago, at first i didn't really like it that much. i thought it was a bit boring, and samey. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2002
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