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The Ecstatic [Explicit Lyrics]

Mos Def Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (24 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: V2 Co Op
  • ASIN: B0028NEVB6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Supermagic
2. Twilight Speedball
3. Auditorium - Mos Def,
4. Wahid
5. Priority
6. Quiet Dog
7. Life in Marvelous Times
8. Embassy
9. No Hay Nada Mas
10. Pistola
11. Pretty Dancer
12. Workers Camp
13. Revelations
14. Roses
15. History
16. Casa Bey

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BBC Review

It's been three years since Mos Def's last album, True Magic, and that wasn't anything to crow about - a tossed-off botch of a record that screamed of contract-filler, suggesting Brooklyn rapper Dante Terrell Smith was enjoying his new life as Hollywood character actor so much that time spent back on the mic felt like time wasted. Three years later, though, and The Ecstatic catches the former Black Star MC back on top of his game, lining up beats from Madlib, Oh No and J Dilla and tackling them with a new confidence, scope and narrative thrust.

The opening run of tracks certainly sounds like an MC out to cover a lot of ground. Supermagic erupts on a hacked-up sample of psychedelic Turkish songstress Selda Bagcan, tight rhymes spat over wailing guitar lines. Next, Twilite Speedball pulls it back to grey cityscapes, all tight angles in dark alleys, boxed in by horns with Mos reeling off narcotics like a dealer looming from the shadows: ''Bad news and good dope! powder, potions, pills, smoke''. But then Auditorium shoots back out East again, a Bollywood-tinged production from Madlib that sees Mos sharing the mic with Slick Rick on a track that weaves a tale of post-occupation conflict in Iraq. They used to call Mos Def backpack rap, and on The Ecstatic, it's like he's made the term his own, zig-zagging across borders and pulling inspiration from all directions.

This somewhat patchwork approach to audio sourcing, though, hasn't muddied the clarity of Mos Def's narrative. Lead-off single Life In Marvellous Times sees him trace his days from 5th grade, ''the pre-crack era'', to the present, all to a dramatic electro soundtrack courtesy of Ed Banger associate Mr Flash. The penultimate History with former Black Star partner Talib Kweli, meanwhile, uses the Dilla beat to good effect, looking back but never lapsing into lazy nostalgia. ''Ten years ago we made history, they missing us'', raps Kweli. ''Don't call it a comeback,'' chimes Mos Def. But that's what it is. --Louis Pattison

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Mos Def experience 6 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'm ashamed to admit I thought Mos Def was an actor. After hearing one track on BBC 6 Music, I bought the CD and I'm thrilled with it. Every track is at least good and several are, in my mind, superb. My favourite is Twilite Speedball - who knew massed Tuber's would make a rap song sound so good?!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excuse me? 30 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
This, along with DOOM's Born Like This, is one of the best hip-hop albums of the year so far, it could even be better than the aforementioned - I recently watched a video interview with Mos Def, where he discusses DOOM and his deep respect for him ("I'd bet a million dollars on DOOM against Lil Wayne"). These two rappers, in my opinion, are two of the most important and impressive working today, and tend to work with the right producers and collaborators with no doubt.

Mos spans a range of styles, thanks to production from his buddies including Madlib, Mr Flash (Ed Banger), and the late J Dilla (legend), and excellent appearances from Slick Rick and Talib Kweli. This album flows as well as Black on Both Sides, but overall is a beastier, more soulful effort, which really is exhilarating to listen to.

A lot of people might not agree, but this proves how cool Mos Def can keep, he really is keeping a consistently solid image which can't really be matched by anyone out there, flying solo like himself. I love the samples used throughout, especially the jazz tendencies and occasional Eastern skits. Even the most overproduced (by Mr Flash) track 'Life in Marvelous Times' manages to keep it together...but at least it's better than Kanye West or any R'n'B slaughter - in other words, its appeal doesn't deteriorate after the first listen. This album is sweet, and will stay so for quite a while, in my eyes. This is decent hip-hop and should not be ignored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Love, love love Mos Def. Was gutted when I was too ill to make his London show last year... And this album rocks but I was a little annoyed to hear that several tracks used the same base sounds from Madlib's Beat Conducta in India (one of my fave albums). I love what Mos Def did with the tracks but I'd have prefered something totally new because innovation is what he does best... Still a wicked album though!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
All recording artist aim to do their own version of that one classic that defines what they truly want to produce, the album that sets them up as a classic artist. On the first time I listend to this album I had to listend to it again, it made so much sense to give it a repeat. Instantly I thought it was his finest work, it threw down a guantlet to others, not one single duff track on this album. It ranks along side "3 feet high and rising...", "it takes a nation of millions..", "straight outta compton", "illamatic". I try to think of some songs that can be singled out a true classics from this album "quite dog bite hard" "casa bey" but the album kicks off very well and carries on in the same vein. I would recomend this album to anyone who likes Hip hop but as 50 cent and Eminem still pollute a belching chasm of stale hip hop it get swamped down in the mire of dross which is a shame as this is possibly the album of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars about time, too 8 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
I know it's eight years overdue. I know no-one gives a damn about `conscious' hip hop any more. I know there's nothing on there quite as good as `Umi Says'. But whatever, yeah? Kweli's on there. Dilla's on there. Fela's on there. SLICK RICK's on there. If Mos is only capable of making one record this good per decade then I say roll on 2019. Superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 12 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album has got soul. It's like listening to a 1 Track Song. The fluidity just fuels your listening from A to Z. It is superbly written and the production is awesome. I Love it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best album out this year!!! 1 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Mos def has clearly done it again. tracks like audiotorium will be an instant classic. personally i love audiotorium, supermagic, priority and the embassy. the beats are unreal and he is top of his game. the best music to listen to this summer. Trust me it has a unique and different feel to all the other commercial rappers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just HAD to write a review for this!
I bought this album when it came out in 2009 (Currently four years ago) and I have never grown bored of it! Read more
Published 19 months ago by fredthe3rd
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Ecstatic about this Album
Mos Def is a poet of his time, this album covers everything from sex. love to the social economic and political viewpoints. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars gets better and better
For an album that's starts so strong and continues you to grow and grow, the mighty mos is back after being too long away from creating music. Read more
Published on 29 April 2010 by Mr. C. Dave
2.0 out of 5 stars :(
In my opinion this is a dissapointing album. I am too used to mos def having a cool style with sick beats, in this album, the beats sound more commercial and sound like beats the... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2010 by M. H. Wolde Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2010
The best hip-hop album of 2010 and a return to form for one the greatest MCs. Experimental but cohesive, great lyrics, a fantastic cameo by Slick Rick, amazing production from... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2010 by M Ayub
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Disappointingly, this album is pretty whack - a long way from the old Mos Def - it lacks the grooves, soul and experimental sounds as found on albums such as Black on Both Sides -... Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by T. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars lacking real tunes....
There's no disputing Mos Def's talents as a rapper - he's one of the very best. And it's this talent that made me approach this new effort, albeit with caution as I was... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2009 by hermie wicked
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