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    [ MOS DEF ]


    Black on Both Sides (Rawkus Records)

      MOS DEF - Black on Both Sides (Rawkus Records)  

    This Hip Hop record has been out for a little while now but is causing such a worldwide stir in the Hip Hop scene that it easily warrants this belated review. The Mos Def method is to leave all mention of 'Bitches' 'Hoes' and 'Ak47s' at the door and direct his God given, razor sharp lyrical ability towards a more positive cause. "Speech is my hammer bang the world into shape now let it fall!" exclaims 'the mighty Mos Def' on the second of seventeen incredible tracks which encompass a wide diversity of styles and flavours.

    Mos has skillz to fear, and he preaches a message of black consciousness with a stylish syntax and mastery of the metaphor which cuts other so called MC's skillz to shreds. "Rock n Roll" represents a direct attempt to reclaim the true roots of his music as Mos explains "you may dig on those Rolling stones but they ain't come up with that shit on their own".

    He's Black and proud for sure, but his rhymes expressing his experiences of rascist attitudes aim to educate as opposed to alienate the large white audience he knows Hip Hop attracts. Yes, here is a true Hip Hop artist not afraid to speak his mind, but also with the confidence and talent to hold back his vocals and let the music speak for itself on the closing laid-back instrumental "May-December".

    Appearances from Busta Rhymes, Gangstarrs' Dj premier and ex- tribe called quest main man Q-tip only reaffirm my view that if you only buy one album this year, make it this one. Mos Definitely!

    Written By: Steven H.