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MOS DEF has proven he is truly the renaissance artist of the 21st century by using his multiple talents to achieve success not only in music but also crossing over into Film (The Italian Job, Brown Sugar), Television (Def Poetry Jam, Something the Lord Made), and even reaching critical acclaim on Broadway (Top Dog Underdog). Mos Def returns with his very highly anticipated sophomore album The New Danger, an eclectic album that contains elements of hip hop, funk, rock, alternative, R&B and includes production by Kanye West and Warryn Campbell.

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More than a mere rap album, Mos Def's long-awaited The New Danger combines hip-hop, blues, soul, and rock in an 18-track package that seeks to transcend convention. In that sense, it shares a similar spirit with Andre 3000's The Love Below or Common's Electric Circus, with mixed results. Mos's reputation has been built on the strength of his lyrical charisma, and songs like "Close Edge," "Grown Man Business," and "Sunshine" show that his skills haven't faded just because he's Emmy-nominated. He's already proven that he can cut more than just street heat--best evinced on the soulful, poetic "Umi Says," a surprise hit from his previous release, 1999's Black on Both Sides. Yet, the rock- and blues-inspired songs here, while by no means poor, are acquired tastes, given their tendency to noodle--they simply can't compare with Mos's cutting verbal displays. The album's length and sometimes clunky sequencing can make for challenging listening, especially when so many of his more experimental cuts come early on. New fans might find the album's eclecticism intriguing, although older fans will likely be a bit perplexed. --Oliver Wang

1. Boogie Man Song
2. Freaky Black
3. Ghetto Rock
4. Zimzallabim
5. The Rape Over
6. Black Jack
7. Bedstuy Parade
8. Sex, Love & Money
9. Sunshine
10. Close Edge
11. The Panties
12. War
13. Grown Man Business
14. Modern Marvel
15. Life is Real
16. The Easy Spell
17. The Beggar
18. Champion Requiem

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00030EEO0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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130 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Gribble on October 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Let's be honest and say this off the bat. Black on Both Sides was a Hip-Hop classic. The New Danger is an experimental album, showing creative genius far from what you expect out of hip-hop. The album was primarily recorded with Black Jack Johnson, Mos Def's all black rock band. In fact the title of the album was supposed to be named that until the other Jack Johnson became popular. This album will surprise you, Mos Def fan or not.

The album starts off with the soulful poetic "Boogie Man Song." Fans can expect something along the lines of "Climb" from Black on Both Sides. "Freaky Black Geetings" is a rock/funk song, with barely any vocals from Mos. He doesn't rap or sing on this one, just kinda sounds like he's jamming out to the music. "Ghetto Rock" is a hard bass thumping track with distorted guitars. Mos raps on this one, but it's more rock-rap than hip-hop. The lyrics aren't too challenging, nor is the flow, but the song still is nice. "Zimzallabim" is just a straight up rock song with Mos rapping over it.

You might be wondering at this point where are all the straight up hip-hop tracks on a supposedly hip-hop album?? Finally Mos gives those fans what they want, although it's a bit disappointing once you here the opening of the "Rape Over". You'll be quick to note it's basically a remake of the first verse to Jay-Z's "The Takeover". The exact same beat, the flow and lyrics are meant to match and play off Jay's song also. Plus it's only a minuet and a half. This song really should have been left to a mixtape, it's not really original and certainly falls short for the first rap track. "Blue Black Jack" borrows a Muddy Water's guitar riff and attempts the whole Blues genre. (If you haven't noticed the track titles are all too descriptive of the song).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Kwest on December 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
You know everytime I read a review that says something about this album's 'eclectism', it makes me uneasy. Uneasy because people make efforts to pigeonhole music in convenient packages for their listeners. Even since the Medina Green days, Mos Def had a thought process firmly entrenched in listening to the tune of his own drummer. This release, just as Black On Both Sides was, is true to the artist's vision at the time of its creation.

Does it sound like Black on Both Sides? No, it doesn't. But did Voodoo sound like Brown Sugar? Did Embrya sound like Urban Hang Suite? Did the Blueprint sound like the Black Album? If I haven't gotten my pt across with these redundant questions, then I guess its that music appreciators must be willing to be flexible with their artist as they experience growing pains and expansion.

The New Danger is an album that strikes a balance between unabashed experimentation and artistic maturity. Mos Def is not an emcee's emcee anymore. In direct contrast to the scathing social commentary found on Black On Both Sides, Mos Def's lyrics on tracks like "Sex, Love and Money" and "Close Edge" meander without stiking any lasting impressions. But that doesn't mean that he isn't exhibiting growth, it merely signals another direction.

One of the album's standout tracks, "Blue Black Jack", features a blues-riffing mos def punctuated by the brilliance of Shuggie Otis' guitar. The boogeyman song, produced by a suprising Raphael Saadiq, is a trip hoppy gem that has Mos attempting to woo the fairer sex with his desire to be the man of her dreams. Similarly, the interestingly-titled, "The Panties", once again finds the mighty Mos getting his lover-man on, cooing about the pleasures to be found in intimate experiences.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Demetrius A. Armstrong on October 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The long awaited follow up hasn't had a stellar year in 2004. They were either nowhere near the quality of the previous, or they were so radically different that they alienated the core audience the previous captured. The New Danger belongs in the latter column. Those looking for Black On Both Sides redux should let this one pass and wait for the next album. The New Danger is not as consistently brilliant in execution as Black On Both Sides, but it makes up for it in it's style and feel. Several songs on the album (especially the first half) heavily features his band Black Jack Johnson. They are thoroughly impressive in the background as musicians, but it still sounds like Mos Def featuring them, that's probably why these songs ended up on his album and not more of a collaborative effort featuring his band. The songs that feature his band are good, and they are heavy in ways, but there is nothing about them that will stick to the ribs of fans of either fans of hip hop or rock. What makes this album good is the sporadic brilliance he seems to stumble upon at different points. The first two tracks (which both play as intros) break all expectations and signals the difference between this album and it's predecessor. The second one however (which features the emergence of his band) can be off-putting. "Ghetto Rock" and "Zimzallabim" are both excellent and the latter is one of the best examples of his collaborative effort on the album. There are also three or fours tracks that are "Umi Says" on this album, all of which are modestly successful in capturing the brilliance of that song, and are easy to listen to for just the sheer appreciation of the artistry involved in them.Read more ›
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