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The Ecstatic

Mos DefAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Regarded as one of the most insightful artists of our time, musician, activist and actor Mos Def has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike with a celebrated body of work that has crossed all artistic genres—from music to the Broadway stage, film and television.

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: June 9, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B001GSV3F6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Supermagic
2. Twilite Speedball
3. Auditorium
4. Wahid
5. Priority
6. Quiet Dog Bite Hard
7. Life in Marvelous Times
8. The Embassy
9. No Hay Nada Mas
10. Pistola
11. Pretty Dancer
12. Workers Comp
13. Revelations
14. Roses
15. History
16. Casa Bey

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Newly signed to DOWNTOWN RECORDS, 'The Ecstatic' is most MOSDEF's 4th album after groundbreaking efforts like 1999's 'Black On Both Sides'and is his most innovative yet. The list of producers is astounding MAD LIB,CHAD HUGO (N.E.R.D.), GEORGIA ANNE

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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mos Def nearly back to his best June 8, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
After, let's face it, two album flops (especially True Magic), Mos Def has clearly struggled to put out quality music that he blessed us with beforehand (Black Star with Talib Kweli, Black on Both Sides). Having bought this album and listened to each track multiple times, I can honestly say its easily his best since Black on Both Sides, but still somewhat short of the extremely high standards he set with his solo debut.

The highs of the album, in my view, are the tracks Quiet Dog (Bite Hard), 'Life in Marvelous Times', 'History' (featuring Talib Kweli) and the closer, 'Casa Bey'. 'Quiet Dog' (produced by Preservation) has an insane percussion beat and Mos Def reminds us why he is considered one of the top MC's in the game. 'Life in Marvelous Times' is a reflective song which sets up the second half of the album, looking briefly at Mos Def's journey from the projects in Bed-Stuy to where he is now. The best line in the album, in my opinion, comes from this song, when Mos says "we are alive in amazing times/ delicate hearts, diabolical minds'. It really got me thinking. In my opinion, the best track on the album is the closer, 'Casa Bey', because it has a wonderful mix of a fast-paced catchy instrumental that Mos somehow manages to keep up with and lines that jump out at you again and again (You can't stop my go/ I was born to be where I am/ Bright light from a Distant Star). And to top it all off, it ends with a beautifully sad and soothing little piano solo.

Another thing I like about the album is its use of Eastern samples (mostly provided by the legendary Madlib and his brother Oh No) and weird guitar riffs (check out the Chad Hugo produced 'Twilite Speedball'). And that's not just because I am Arabic! haha...
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep, dynamic, challenging, rewarding June 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
the beats are dense and spooky. mos' flow is at times aggressive and ominous. but this is not supposed to be an easy album to listen too. Mos Def has created an album reflecting the times we live in. and for listeners brave enough to keep their ears open and and absorb multiple listens, the depth, beauty, and ecstasy of The Ecstatic will slowly begin to unfold and reveal itself. this album belongs to a newer, complex breed of 'art hip-hop' that requires the attention of a jazz album. while reception may be a tiny bit lukewarm today, 10 years from now, we will remember The Ecstatic as one of the most important hip hop discs of our time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Dante June 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Mighty Mos drops Ecstatic another very nice album for your collection. As always Mos is on the album with dope word play, dope delivery, and lyrics that make you think. What i really liked about the album was the production. Beats by Dilla, Mad Lib, Preservation, and Mr. Flash. The beats are dope and get your head bouncing while enjoying some fire lyrics. Also the album features the great Slick Rick and my man Talib Kweli. Another liked is this album is more rapping and not so much singing. I don't mind Mos' singing but at some points in the past it was a bit too much. The only song i didn't really care for was NO HAY NADA MAS. I don't speak enough spanish to appreciate it. All in all this is a good release by Dante and should be added to your collection immediately!!!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And it keeps growing... June 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a repeat listen album. I have to admit I passed it off as mediocre when I listened to it for the first time. It took a good couple spoonfuls before it hit me, and once you're open to this album the hits go straight to the stomach.

There is NOTHING a hip-hop lover cannnot adore about this album.
Musically? The arrangements are complex and amazingly sophisticated. No one song sounds like the other, but the album isn't too experimental to feel scattered or messy. Maybe only "Life in Marvelous Times" and "History" feel like they don't belong but that might just be me, and the songs are too good for anyone to be upset. Great beats and a wonderful variety of tempo and feel to each song.

Lyrically? "I speak it so clearly sometimes yall don't hear me" seems to be the overall theme of the album. On the surface it sounds almost relaxed, and I've heard a couple people say (to my shock and disbelief) that it sounds like he freestyled the whole album. When you truly listen, and I mean closed eyes and boppin head listen, you realize the mastery it takes to develop ideas and themes the way Mos does. I could talk about this for hours but if you don't believe me, Pistola, History, and Revelations deserve your full ear. And although I mostly can't stand rappers who do nothing but preach, I admired how Mos handles spiritual and political conduct without shoving it down your ears. True vet.

Content? YOU WILL NOT FIND CLUB HITS ON THIS ALBUM. Politics as it relates to the struggles of today's common man and personal growth are prevalent topics. It's a 'this is what's really going on' album. Still doesn't mean you can't enjoy dancing to Quiet Dog, Pretty Dancer, and Casa Bey...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Listening... August 3, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
Mos made GREAT Music with this album. Is it his typical spittin' fire lyrically, probably not? Did the album push Hip Hop to new areas without compromising the true essence of hip hop MOS DEFinitely? The music, lyrics, vocals and Slick Rick/Talib collaborations just worked well with this album. Every song is on point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
A master lyricist and seeker of enlightenment brilliantly twists words into empowering, incisive, and thought provoking stories. Truly a great album.
Published 4 months ago by Yaseen Bhaijee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ecstatic mos def album
Great album, if not one of the greatest.
Mos Def is hip hop because of this album.
If you listen a lot of artist took his style.
Published 5 months ago by tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Most incredible
I remember hearing this album online as I was snowed in my house by the winter blizzard of 2009 that simply ravaged the east coast at the time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ronald Mcteer
5.0 out of 5 stars actually me
It was really that good...and worth a listen. Made an FB page out of it and still I love my guy
Published 7 months ago by Damaris Hane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Really great to have this album to my collection. Fans of hip hop would enjoy this album especially if you are fan of Mos Def.
Published 8 months ago by Sal Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstatic
I can't say enough about this album. Yasiin Bey is one of the most talented musical artists of the last 20 years. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Professor Def
Such a brillant minded freedom fighter. Def is in a class by himself and a legendary voice in the rap community. He is definately in my top of my listenin choices. Read more
Published 24 months ago by MVD
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
This is a must have for any Mos Def / hip hop fan. Composed like a good book (or a good meal), each chapter flows seamlessly. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by Sassy Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!!!!
One of my favorite albums! Experimental and masterful all at once. Mos Def is more lyrical on this album than I ever expected!
Published on March 12, 2012 by hands-e-phantom
2.0 out of 5 stars I love Black On Both Sides. I do not love this.
Some of the instrumentals are pretty hot. I heard The Neptunes drop this real funky beat, and I'm waiting for Mos Def to come in and kill it, but I feel like he never does. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Tomer8191
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Who produced what?
if u still r curious as to who produced each track, its on the wikipedia page of the album
but i agree about the booklet..
Jun 12, 2009 by khalid_alkhajah |  See all 3 posts
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