The Ecstatic
Mos Def - The Ecstatic
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2009 Ratings: #109 / 807
Year End Rank: #31
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
2009 Ratings: #29
June 9, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Downtown / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
Your Review
Jan 7, 2018
Slating 'The Ecstatic' above 'Black on Both Sides' is probably heresy in most hip-hop head circles, but I can't deny my gut, and my gut tells me that this thing is all the lyricism and slippery flows of BoBS with even better production (much courtesy to the one and only Madlib -- and his brother), more immediate political themes, and much more energy for much of the record.

I can't shake it, and I don't want to. This thing is fucking great.
Aug 14, 2017
A good return to form, but he doesn't come all the way. For some reason his bars are better with Black Star even. His cadence and slur and effortlessness shine through, it just didn't amaze me from start to end.
Sep 5, 2016
Excellent = 2-3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 16
Great = 1, 4, 8-11, 13, 15
Average = 6
Bad = N/A
Trash = N/A

This album should be classified as "world" since there are inspirations from all over the world in this albums beats, Mos Def actually raps/sings in a few languages as well. Very cool sounds as well, there's actually bubbles popping during Pretty Dancer. Excellent lyrics talking about social and economical issues, as well as romance. Mos Def is actually a great singer, and not just a great ... read more
Apr 23, 2016
Some good songs and some decent songs like Embassy decent album maybe underrated
Track List

  1. Supermagic
  2. Twilite Speedball
  3. Auditorium
  4. Wahid
  5. Priority
  6. Quiet Dog
  7. Life In Marvelous Times
  8. The Embassy
  9. No Hay Nada Mas
  10. Pistola
  11. Pretty Dancer
  12. Workers Comp
  13. Revelations
  14. Roses
  15. History
  16. Casa Bey