The New Danger Even the slightest insinuation that Mos Def could lose his place in the hip-hop firmament would have been dismissed as mere hater-ism just a few… 2004-10-12 Mos Def Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

The New Danger (2004)

Mos Def | MARKED FOR DEF Mos is rap's most valuable player
Image credit: Mos Def: Peggy Sirota
MARKED FOR DEF Mos is rap's most valuable player

Details Release Date: Oct 12, 2004; Lead Performance: Mos Def; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Even the slightest insinuation that Mos Def could lose his place in the hip-hop firmament would have been dismissed as mere hater-ism just a few years ago. But not anymore. On his sophomore solo effort, The New Danger, the mighty Mos finally falters with a mishmash of mightily uneven demo-quality tracks. It's hard to believe that this is what die-hard fans (this writer included) who hail 1999's Black on Both Sides as a colorful, conscious-rap masterpiece waited five years for.

Sadder still because you'd be hard-pressed to find a more charismatic MC than Mos Def. He's at his best here rhyming over funky-fresh throwbacks like ''Close Edge,'' but he overreaches when he postures as an authentic blues singer ('' Bedstuy Parade''), Prince-ly crooner (''Beggar''), and ghetto-rock god (''Freaky Black''). It's easy to respect his restless artistic spirit, but it doesn't make swallowing his undercooked ambition any easier.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #790 Oct 29, 2004 Order article reprints
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