Sunday, 22 May 2011
the mighty mos def
Heres a short and sweet review of two of Mos Def's most famous songs. These are both off his debut solo album "Black on Both Sides" (1999) which is also one of my favourite Hip Hop albums. Ms. Fat Booty and Mathematics are equally great songs and I'll try and write this review a little differently so that they receive the right amount of affection.
Mathematics is essentially a powerful song in which Mos asks his listeners to add up various issues and come to an ultimatum. Produced by none other than the famous DJ Premier, this song has one of the greatest beats along with sweet samples. Within the lyrics is where this song stands out. Mos Def actually counts numbers into this songs so that we can follow him through various struggles and social issues. To me this requires a huge amount of skill to create something that rhymes and also adds up somehow."Yo it's 6 Million Ways to Die, from the seven deadly thrills. Eight-year olds gettin found with 9 mill's" One of the the best songs to listen to when your trying to find Hip Hop.
Secondly, Ms. Fat Booty may not possess the same political content but contains lyrics about something equally important. Love and attraction. Mos Def tells us about a woman that was something else and with an "Ass so fat you could see it from the front" The song features samples from Arethra Franklin and the beat is also really good. All about some wild girl that Mos Def is hooked on, she plays love games with him and forgets him. Sounds familiar right? Anyway another ill song from Mos Def that truly shows his artistic talent with a similar concept to Common's famous song.
Listen to these equally consuming songs to treat your Hip Hop taste buds.