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KIDWITHGUNs
100

🎤 🎤 🎤 🎤 🎤

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.

murderousmonk
100

This is the reason why Mos Def is a top 5 lyricist of all time; If only he dropped more music then he could truly be the goat, but he can settle for ~top 10.

There's 3 things that I really care most about a hip-hop project; Production, lyrics/storytelling, & flow. The mighty Mos Def made it next to flawless in all departments with this project.
What hooks me in are flawless beats; Shit like Do It Now, Got, Know That, Brooklyn*, & Mr.N*gga. Those beats are all so damn catchy and ... 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.

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100

Yasiin is a Top 10 emcee of all time and this proves it. Some of the most meaningful hiphop and spectacular lyrical displays are on here and every feature compliments Mos. Production is incredible and boosts the complex lyrics to make perfect music that will be remembered for ages. Also gotta give it to Bey for his artistic versatility with tracks like Umi Says, Rock N Roll and Climb. Wow what a classic .

93

9.3/10

meowtards
90

An amazingly critical album with fantastic production and interesting conclusions throughout. An extremely consistent album that puts itself as a classic for me. Check out "Got", "Love", "Habitat" and "May-December".

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Track List

1Fear Not of Man
4:29
90
2Hip Hop
3:15
97
3Love
4:23
95
4Ms. Fat Booty
3:43
97
5Speed Law
4:16
94
6Do It Now
3:49
94
7Got
3:27
91
8UMI Says
5:05
93
9New World Water
3:11
93
10Rock n Roll
5:02
88
11Know That
4:03
95
12Climb
4:02
89
13Brooklyn
5:09
96
14Habitat
4:39
94
15Mr. Nigga
5:12
feat. Q-Tip
96
16Mathematics
4:06
96
17May-December
3:31
92
Total Length: 1 hour, 11 minutes

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Added on: September 13, 2012