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Sean
02-15-2007, 01:22 PM
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1. Fear Not Of Man
2. Hip Hop
3. Love
4. Ms. Fat Booty
5. Speed Law
6. Do It Now (featuring Busta Rhymes)
7. Got
8. Umi Says
9. New World Water
10. Rock 'N' Roll
11. Know That (featuring Talib Kweli)
12. Climb (featuring Vinia Mojica)
13. Brooklyn
14. Habitat
15. Mr. Nigga (featuring Q-Tip)
16. Mathematics
17. May-December

I don't know why there is no thread for this, I thought it was pretty much considered a classic. Pretty much every track is sick except for Climb, Umi Says and May-December, but that isn't really a track. So, post your opinions and reviews.

UNCLE RUCKUS
02-15-2007, 01:32 PM
Brooklyn/Habitat Mathematics Ms Fat Booty Fear Not of Man and New World Water are some of his best work

WuGambino
02-17-2007, 07:21 PM
Umi Says is dope.

Visionz
02-17-2007, 07:24 PM
classic in my book, still waiting for its true sequel really, True Magic is good just not on this level.

Sean
02-18-2007, 09:46 AM
Umi Says is dope.

Well, that's your opinion, but I think it is pretty boring and annoying.

TAURO
02-18-2007, 07:10 PM
I fucking love this album, but Mos has pissed me off by following it up with such a weak album like New Danger, True Magic is ok but he can do so much better.

Black on both sides I feel delivers the kind of music I want to hear in hip hop, it's informative, diverse and above all entertaining.

Lyrics 9/10
Production 8/10
Overall 8/10

CITY ZEEKER
02-19-2007, 12:16 AM
gotta give this album a def 13...fuck 10.. gotta be marked down as one of hip hops greatest albums - opened up my mind wit tht true school music and was amazed of how much talent this brother has..

Sean
03-07-2007, 12:17 PM
Yeah, he has a lot of talent. He has sick lyrics, flow and beats, which is pretty rare. I don't know why he doesn't release more albums.

Rebel_INS
03-07-2007, 12:20 PM
I still need to listen to this all the way through, ive peeped a couple tracks but need to check the whole thing. Seems good.

Sean
03-07-2007, 12:26 PM
You have to listen to it all, it's a classic album.

dirty-minded
03-07-2007, 12:34 PM
An unreal album. 8/10

cap
03-07-2007, 04:11 PM
mind blowing album
sadly i dont think i'll ever be checking any of his solo albums again,i hope i get proven wrong!!

9.5/10

PuNcH_iN_PuNcH_OuT
03-11-2007, 08:56 PM
Well, that's your opinion, but I think it is pretty boring and annoying.

mature in life, grow a soul and expand your mind

then you will apprciate tracks like umi says

oDoUoSoKo
03-11-2007, 08:57 PM
9.5, changed my outlook on rap.

UNCLE RUCKUS
03-12-2007, 01:10 PM
maybe better than "BlackStar" just cause the concepts and beats are better except Respiration is better than anything on this IMO

Sean
03-12-2007, 02:19 PM
mature in life, grow a soul and expand your mind

then you will apprciate tracks like umi says

It's not about being mature, I don't enjoy listening to it. I don't care how "soulful" it is or whatever, I'm not going to listen to it if I don't like the sound of it.

PuNcH_iN_PuNcH_OuT
03-12-2007, 06:57 PM
although you don't like it, it is not in anyway a bad song

it comes down to preference but that's what soul music sounds like (or mos interpretation of soul) which is the foundation of hip hop as that's what's sampled constantly

Visionz
03-12-2007, 07:05 PM
It's not about being mature, I don't enjoy listening to it. I don't care how "soulful" it is or whatever, I'm not going to listen to it if I don't like the sound of it.how can you honestly say its not about being mature when you're 15? lol your age does not permit you to know such things

PuNcH_iN_PuNcH_OuT
03-12-2007, 07:08 PM
when I was 15 I was a mosher so it was all about aggression then

now I am addicted to the beat like an addict

Visionz
03-12-2007, 10:20 PM
when I was 15 I was a mosher so it was all about aggression then

now I am addicted to the beat like an addictindeed, I've grown in so many different ways since I was 15 but its damn near impossible to really convey to someone what thats like. Its something only the experience itself can really provide.

Decka
03-13-2007, 09:14 AM
This album is a classic to me, i can put it on and not skip a single track, the production is tight, and mos is on point with his lyrics, this is from and era when mos was at his best!

Crackhead Bob
03-13-2007, 09:40 AM
dope as hell gave it a nine blackstarr is a 10 tho

crass
03-13-2007, 09:42 AM
i give it a 7. doesn't come close to the blackstar album, although "hip hop" is a monumental track.

Sean
03-13-2007, 04:54 PM
how can you honestly say its not about being mature when you're 15? lol your age does not permit you to know such things

It's not about age or maturity, I just don't like the song... Jesus. As I already said, it's not about how soulful it is or whatever, I don't like listening to it, and I don't think at any point I said it was a "bad song".

IRONMAN GFK
03-20-2007, 04:29 PM
10, classic

and True Magic is not bad. in fact, i'd give it an 8.. that's right i said it!

UNCLE RUCKUS
03-24-2007, 08:00 AM
10, classic

and True Magic is not bad. in fact, i'd give it an 8.. that's right i said it!

yeah definately Tru3 Magic is a very good album!

Ghost_Deini_
04-30-2007, 10:56 PM
i just got the album last week so i finally got to hear the whole album. its a great album, even when hes singing it doesnt get annoying. i love new world water, mathematics, ms fat booty, brooklyn,etc.

9/10

CharlesJones
05-03-2007, 03:45 PM
Wack album because of the beats. I like his lyrics though. Umi Says song is wack. Mos Def shouldn't sing LOL.

Sean
05-05-2007, 12:06 PM
Wack album because of the beats.

8O

((((A:I))))
05-10-2007, 10:01 AM
In my top 10. Few artists make as definitive a mission statement as 'Hip-Hop'.

Bucellito 136
11-07-2007, 04:45 AM
i love this album
ms fat booty is just exceptional
mathematics too
most of the songs are great

J.T.S.
11-07-2007, 10:49 AM
Classic, classic!!

SID
12-06-2007, 08:29 AM
What a solid album, a nice change from all the hardcore stuff i always listen to, new world water is a very clever track with some nice lyrical, Umi says is sucha beautiful song, i turn the speakers up full blast when i hear that tune

what do you lot think about tha album?

Bucellito 136
12-06-2007, 09:10 AM
wow this album is great i love the tracks when the fat lady sings and mathematics
i give it 4/5

Tommy
04-14-2010, 02:25 PM
Classic album, no motherfucking doubt about it whatsoever. Mos Def has to be one of the greatest MC's of all time to ever grace a mic, whatever you want in a rapper, he brings it; flow, intelligence, wit, presence, charisma, respect to the art form, and straight ruggedness, all of these aspects are shown on this incredible piece of work.

From start to finish it doesn't lose a step, even when he takes a break to soulfully chill out on "Umi Says" and "Climb" or to rock the fuck out hardcore style on "Rock N' Roll". I have no idea how anybody can disrespect this album, what more do you people want? Either way, for the eleven years it's been out, it still holds up strong as a true, bonafide masterpiece.

Just to add, I saw Mos Def yesterday and he absolutely rocked the place, guy is just incredible. He only played "Hip Hop" and "Umi Says" from this album (it was his Ecstatic tour, after all), but it was still an amazing performance.

Peace