True Magic On 1999's masterful Black on Both Sides , Mos Def tempered the intensity of hip-hop with a warmth and humility uncharacteristic of the genre. Since… 2006-10-10 Mos Def Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

True Magic (2006)

Mos Def | LOW DEF Time away from the mic has stolen some of this rapper's Magic
Image credit: Mos Def: Clay Patick McBride/Retna
LOW DEF Time away from the mic has stolen some of this rapper's Magic

Details Release Date: Oct 10, 2006; Lead Performance: Mos Def; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

On 1999's masterful Black on Both Sides, Mos Def tempered the intensity of hip-hop with a warmth and humility uncharacteristic of the genre. Since then, his acting career has often taken him away from the mic, rusting his skills. So while True Magic features some taut, funky production on ''Undeniable'' and ''There Is a Way,'' a large chunk is bogged down by extended outros and lyrical inanities. For better or worse, Mos Def is probably closer to an Oscar than a Grammy nowadays. C+

Originally posted Jan 12, 2007 Published in issue #916 Jan 19, 2007 Order article reprints
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