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True Magic

Mos DefAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 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.

In 1996, Mos Def became an underground favorite in the hip hop world, which lead to his legendary ... Read more in Amazon's Mos Def Store

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  • Audio CD (December 29, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000H7JDWM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. True Magic
2. Undeniable
3. U R The One
4. Thug Is A Drug
5. Crime & Medicine
6. A Ha
7. Dollar Day
8. Napoleon Dynamite
9. There Is A Way
10. Sun, Moon, Stars
11. Murder Of A Teenage Life
12. Fake Bonanza
13. Perfect Timing
14. Lifetime

Editorial Reviews

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 (16 Blocks, The Italian Job, Monster's Ball), Television (`Def Poetry Jam,' `Chappelle's Show,' `Something the Lord Made'), and even reaching critical acclaim on Broadway (`Top Dog Underdog'). Mos Def returns with his third album, True Magic, and uses his artistry to speak about the subject of hip hop, the feeding frenzy it generates and questions what its success has created.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mos Def + A Homemade Mixtape = Tru3 Magic December 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Mos Def loves hip hop. This is made fully apparent by the way in which he has chosen to present his newest venture 'True Magic'. Having taken a 180 degree about-face to the overly hyped slickness of the concept album 'The New Danger', Mos has decided this time around to revisit hip hop in its truest most sincere essence. I suppose you could call this one a concept album as well but this time the concept is, in his own words, 'simple and plain'.

The seemingly mishmashed chaotic nature of the songs and their arrangement is intentional: if it reminds you a little bit of an underground mixtape then Mr. Mos has accomplished a large part of his task. Mos Def, being the hip hop aficionado that he is, knows full well the fact that the underground mixtape is really the only place left where you'll find emcees spitting for the sake of spitting (and of course for some street cred) and not solely for the cash money; it's where the unadulterated true magic of hip-hop-as-art-form still maintains. And he captures the spirit of the mixtape in all its glory w/ the rapid-fire spontanaeity and excitement; most of the songs overlap and production quality seems inconsistent w/ each track. You don't quite know what to expect next -- which is where much of the excitent of listening to this album comes from -- yet as a whole it's cohesive, all held together by one thing: dopeness.

I wouldn't be surprised if even the date of this album's release coincided with this concept. In sharp contrast to the previous release, this one seemed to drop from nowhere with almost no fanfare or anticipation (save the early online leakage).

And make no mistake, the lack of elaborate cover art design is just as much a part of the magic as the music itself.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Deal about True Magic January 22, 2007
By J. Mix
Format:Audio CD
The new album is pretty solid. Here is the deal. Mos Def was under contract with Geffen, and he wants that deal done and over with. The album was rushed out, hence no album art, etc. Many stores had the album as early as mid december. Some stores actually started selling the album on the 19th of Dec. The original release date was the 26th of December, but was changed because it was the tuesday after Christmas. Then it was pushed to the 29th. Geffen was very frustrated with the release date, as well as the idea that the album wasn't advertised. The album officially debuted on the Billboard at #151. This triggered Geffen to recall the album, since The New Danger debuted much higher. Geffen can only do this by saying that this album is a sampler and changing the cd a bit. The rerelease of the album will probably be called Tru3 Magic now instead of True Magic, and the track listings by number will be different. The new disc will drop in the spring and feature a couple of new songs(including all the current songs) as well as album art and credits.

Stop complaining about how they charge you $10 for a sampler, when in fact this was the real deal. Geffen is being hard with Mos Def because he tried to get out quickly.

True Magic is very well done. In a world full of gangsta rap, Mos brings new light. The cd is very fresh, and well worth $10. Highlights on True Magic have to be: True Magic, Undeniable, Crime & Medicine, Dollar Day, Fake Bonanza. There wasn't a song on here I was disappointed with, and this is because the lyrics he speaks hit hard.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mos.. you can do way better! February 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let me preface this by saying I'm a huge Mos Def fan... Brought all his other albums, seen him in concert; in my opinion he's one of the best MC's out there today. Black on both Sides is legendary material. That's why I'm so disappointed in this album. I agree with one of the other reviewers, this sounds like filler material. It might be better than a lot of the crap on the radio nowadays, but it isn't up to par when compared to his previous work. Even the production sounds a little off. I don't know if he's getting 5 stars from some people based on reputation, but I've listened to his album over and over and still can't get into it. It's so frustrating cause Mos is so talented; what happened to the Mos that could break off a rhyme so drop and precise that it's mind blowing. He isn't on here. Please Mos give me something I can feel! Giving him 3 stars cause I have too much respect for him to give him anything lower... even though in this case it might deserving .
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Are You People and What Are You Talking About? January 12, 2007
By K. Mond
Format:Audio CD
Mos Def to me represents BLACK MUSIC. I was so happy when he did the "rock" album. In consideration that rock owes it's everything to blues and R&B, it was fitting that he dabbled in that genre. Rock is at it's essence Black music (buy some Chuck Berry if you disagree). Mos has from what I can surmise found a way to explore Black music in it's many different forms. His "sung material" is reminiscent of field hollers and the early days of gospel, jazz and blues in the cotton fields of the South.

His lyrics are uplifting and enlightening and reflect a serious social sensibility. I only wish that more performers had the chops and the brashness to step out of their comfort zones. Mos celebrates himself and his culture through the different varieties, types and sounds of music he creates.

I've read that Mos needs to go back to his "roots" and do more Black Star type music....

It seems he has gone back to his roots after all...just a little farther back than most can remember.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mos def
One of his best songs ever is on this CD. It is a classic and has many relevels and jams.
Published 11 months ago by hyundaibeyond
3.0 out of 5 stars CD was Okay
Mos Def is my man but being honest I wasn't too thrilled with the Boogeyman on this one. It was okay at best, but it just I mean just made okay. Read more
Published 16 months ago by O. Shareef
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 10 hip hop albums of all-time
Mos Def is one of those rappers who is really changing the game. His lyrics are raising the bar on today's mainstream rap, and offering us quality hip hop (not just another rap... Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Miles Berkland
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to good old-fashioned Hip-hop
I'll admit, this album is no Blackstar or Black on Both Sides, but it is a good production nonetheless. More of the upbeat, intelligent Mos Def we have grown to love.
Published on March 11, 2012 by Bristol
5.0 out of 5 stars Mos Def- True Magic
This album is brilliant. Mos Def creates beautiful and extremely insightful poetry that would speak to anyone. He is definitely one of the most impressive artists of our time. Read more
Published on September 22, 2009 by Karen R. Lindquist
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Mos Def Delivers!
I will be the first to admit that I am a huge Dante Smith (Mos Def) fan. His music is incredible and his lyrics are always well thought out and mind numbing. Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by T. Duda
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Name
I always think that my favorite rappers are going to amaze everytime I buy their latest cd. Although I did like True Magic. I didn't think it was anything special. Read more
Published on April 18, 2009 by P. Barron
3.0 out of 5 stars Mos Def
A few great songs but not enough to give it any higher than 3 stars. Wish that he would make his music a priory and put together a solid record with more than two or three... Read more
Published on March 3, 2009 by RAD1
4.0 out of 5 stars Mos Def is amazing
Not his best work but close to it. True Magic is worth buying every track.
Published on August 16, 2008 by George A. Lutz
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
i like this cd, what can i say, it's mos def. favorite tracks are dollar day and there is a way. i think they're now selling it with a cd cover, but i have it with just the cd in... Read more
Published on July 30, 2008 by gooney googoo
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Jan 22, 2007 by anonymous |  See all 12 posts
Back to Dopeness!!!
I heard an adavanced copy of this album. PLEASE grab this one when it drops. Amazing! I was hypnotized by Mos's lyrics, singing talents, and beats and melodies. This is a "non-skipper" album. I guess there is still a ray of light for true hip hop.
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