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The Ecstatic

The Ecstatic

June 9, 2009
4.3 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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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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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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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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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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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. Now it was freezing outside my house but it was 100 degrees inside my house!!! Mos def had me jamming of this heat rock cd he dropped. The Ecstatic is most incredible baby. Mos def is so talented and gifted it is dam near unfair. I was totally blown away by tracks like "quiet dog" and "workers Comp". I had this album in constant rotation for weeks. I played the track "Priority" five times in a row after I first heard it. Another stand out is " Life in marvelous times" simply unbelievable. Mos def dropped this album with no promotion or press at all. That's real hip hop just let the music speak to the masses. Mos def never was conventional or a puppet for labels to pimp out. Mos def known as yassin bey now is a revolutinary artist that defies the corrupt and systematic entertainment world of music. I respect his views and message that he puts into all of the music he releases. Extremely intelligent, militant, spiritual and musically talented. Only a artist like Mos def can make a album like " The Ecstatic". Mos def is a top ten greatest of all time m.c hands down. This album is a brilliant piece of work by a hip hop legend- Mos def aka Yassin Bey. Inshallah.
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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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