The Ecstatic It's not easy being a Mos Def fan. In the decade since his exemplary solo debut, Black on Both Sides , he's often either phoned… The Ecstatic It's not easy being a Mos Def fan. In the decade since his exemplary solo debut, Black on Both Sides , he's often either phoned… 2009-06-09 Mos Def Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

The Ecstatic (2009)

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ALWAYS ECSTATIC: Mos Def
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 09, 2009; Lead Performance: Mos Def; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

It's not easy being a Mos Def fan. In the decade since his exemplary solo debut, Black on Both Sides, he's often either phoned it in or missed the mark entirely. His fourth album breaks that 
pattern with a decisive flourish. Mos is brimming with poetry again, hurling politically charged lyrics like lightning bolts against the thunderous beats behind him. Though his vigor falters toward the end, The Ecstatic remains by far his strongest, most deeply felt work in ages. B+

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Originally posted Jun 02, 2009 Published in issue #1051 Jun 12, 2009 Order article reprints