Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Musical Genius of Mos Def

As a rapper, it seems that Mos Def has seen better days. On his last album True Magic, he sleepwalks through songs like the title track and "Undeniable," which featured rhymes that could have been written by any sophomoric rapper. However, Mos is far from a place where he should stop making music to devote all his time to acting. As he has illustrated in the last few years with gorgeous songs like "Kalifornia," "Lifetime" and the genius "Modern Marvels," Mos Def may be one of the most gifted singers in years. This talent hasn't been pushed to its full potential, and may never be as long as acting offers more financial security than music. (Far more people are going to see Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Something the Lord Made than are going to listen to Black on Both Sides, and Mos more than likely knows this. I'd probably make the same decision in his shoes.)

If you've never heard his less than hip-hop songs (Well, more like not really hip-hop at all), take a listen. I guarantee you'll be satisfied.

Mos Def - Lifetime

Mos Def - Kalifornia

Mos Def - Umi Says

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