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lacking real tunes....
on 7 October 2009
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 disappointed with The New Danger.
And I'm even more disappointed with this one - there are some good tunes on this album but simply not enough. Instead there are a lot of light tracks with few layers and little texture, good samples wasted as they are needlessly looped and end up going nowhere.
Some people will call this a welcome departure from bland mainstream hip-hop. And it is - up to a point. But at the end of the day, if a hip hop album doesn't consist mostly of tunes that make my head vigorously nod, then it's seriously lacking in basic hip hop ingredients.
And will someone tell him that his singing voice isn't as good as he thinks it is!
This sounds harsh but after masterworks such as Black On Both Sides and Black Star with Taleb Kweli, he set a standard he hasn't been able to reach since, let down by his weakness for self-indulgence. I give this 3 stars only because of my respect for his undoubted killer talents.