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The Ecstatic - Mos Def

by Liz Wheatley
Issue No. 2161

This is a return to form for a rapper who has never subscribed to “gangsta” hip hop, preferring more socially-conscious lyrics. On Supermagic he declares, “There has to be a change, a better world has to be built – and the only way it is going to be built is with extreme methods.”

Mos Def shows his empathy with those shunned in George Bush’s America, be it those in poverty or Muslim women deep in prayer.

The Brooklyn-born rapper has always been upfront about his opinions. He was outspoken after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, writing the song Katrina Clap and getting arrested singing it outside the MTV awards. Anyone who wants to hear well-produced, musical, informed hip hop will love this album.

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Tue 21 Jul 2009, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2161
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