Black on Both Sides

Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1999 Ratings: #2 / 117
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Based on 628 ratings
1999 Ratings: #5
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KIDWITHGUNs
95
☆☆☆☆ 1/2

A cultural milestone and a living, breathing, lyrically dense work of art- an album so fucking good it makes nearly every other Hip-Hop artist in that same era look like children stumbling upon microphones.

All accomplished with just the essentials he jumps into this album with: sharp, witty writing, production ahead of its time with a blend of hard hitting boom bap instrumentation and most of all... soul...

I love this album.
MobiusErasmus
80
a profound piece of black excellence, one of the greatest records of hip hop and a true classic to behold.
rapscorer321
85
This album to me is a celebration of rap culture going into the 21st century. The references go from grandmaster flash to a tribe called quests' scenario, and my personal favorite track has Yasin shouting out almost every city that was a hotspot for rap in the 90s, that would be the hook on "know that". The production is pretty much just boom bap done extremely well, especially as far as sampling goes. The drums are grimy and have a sharp edge, even though they are very ... read more
ka1
100
Fun Fact: This is the first hip hop album I have ever listened to.

Yeah this album is lyrically scary. I'm not even joking when i say that. Take songs like Mathematics (top 10 hh song of all time) and Brooklyn. It's moments like these that proves why Yasin is a fucking legendary lyricist. And ofc u got smooth love themed classics like Ms. Fat Booty and UMI Says. If i were to summarize this album as a whole, it's basically Miseducation of Ms. Lauryn Hill, the male version.

Best Tracks: ... read more
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Track List

  1. Fear Not Of Man 
  2. Hip Hop 
  3. Love 
  4. Ms. Fat Booty 
  5. Speed Law 
  6. Do It Now 
  7. Got 
  8. UMI Says 
  9. New World Water 
  10. Rock N Roll 
  11. Know That 
  12. Climb 
  13. Brooklyn
  14. Habitat
  15. Mr. Nigga 
  16. Mathematics 
  17. May-December

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Added on: September 13, 2012