Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Mos Def is one of my favorite Hip Hop artists. Black on Both Sides explores social issues while at the same time including thought provoking lyrics funky beats and an amazing amount of flow through out the entire album. The album is definitely not a "Rap" album. As I listen heavily to Hip Hop that focuses more on beats and flow, Mos Def has become a staple. For those of you that are just opening your mind to different music genres and are going to give Hip Hop a listen, pick up Black on Both Sides as I know you will not be disappointed. Highlight tracks include; Ms. Fat Booty, Umi Says, Speed Law, New World Water and Mathematics.
Really relaxing but still fun and slightly poppy tunes. The lead singer has one of those soft voices usually reserved for whiny songs, but with a guitar-electro-fused background, it comes off wonderfully soothing and pleasant.
I mean, come on. This is probably the most obvious recommend album on the site. But hey, listen to it with The Wizard of OZ and it'll completely change your perspective.
Favorite song on the album ... of course, it's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and no one sings it like Sinead. Beautiful vocals that stand the test of time. Before Sinead O'Connor became conservative America's most reviled musician wh... Favorite song on the album ... of course, it's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and no one sings it like Sinead. Beautiful vocals that stand the test of time. Before Sinead O'Connor became conservative America's most reviled musician when she ripped up a picture of the Pope on TV and refused to perform live at a New Jersey venue following "The Star Spangled Banner," she vocally supported the IRA at home in Ireland and generally roused the rabble. Indeed, she's one female pop star who's truly earned her army boots. Though her once meteoric musical career has suffered due to her outspokenness, the powerful voice and presence found on her second album is beyond reproach. Best known as the source of O'Connor's breakthrough cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," this is a moving, intensely passionate work full of dark beauty and longing, constructed with a fierce independence and a taste for the unique. This undeniably pop album (albeit with modern-rock and folk elements) has more than held up through the years.