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Editors’ Notes

This EP is the prelude to Mos Def’s sophomore album, The New Danger, a sprawling piece of work that pulls from heavy metal, funk, jazz, and hip-hop. The thread that ties these two songs together is rhythm. The tracks are tribally propulsive, echoing the drum circles of Africa while also hearkening back to the skeletal booms of early Run-DMC and Schoolly D. “Ghetto Rock” rolls forward on a militaristic stomp, reminiscent of Jay-Z’s “The Take Over” (which Mos coincidentally remakes as “The Rap Over” on The New Danger). “Sex, Drugs & Money” would be equally suitable for a troupe of breakdancers or an explosive college marching band. The rhythm falls somewhere in between a shuffle and a stomp as Mos calls out come-ons to a make-believe cutie: “I hit the streets easy in my seat / Lighting on my feet breezy like the evening — bam!” While the single only hints at the multi-faceted escapades of The New Danger, it perfectly summarizes the album’s theme: old-school credential meets uproarious innovation.

Customer Reviews

I'm first

Great, Mos Def is one really promising rapper who brings all he got when he spits his game

cross over

Mos Def is a great talent! I see him not just as a rapper, but as a true artist. He crosses over music genre lines and appeals to a wide variety of people.

Always a pleasure...

I wish that there were more tracks on here. I've turned into a complete Mos Def junkie and it is an excellent peek into good music and nice times. Great for the summer!!

Biography

Born: December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially regarded as one of the most promising rappers to emerge in the late '90s, Mos Def turned to acting in subsequent years as music became a secondary concern for him. He did release new music from time to time, including albums such as The New Danger (2004), but his output was erratic and seemingly governed by whim. Mos Def nonetheless continued to draw attention, especially from critics and underground rap fans, and his classic breakthrough albums — Black Star (1998), a collaboration...
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