At first I was scratching my temple, taking in one of my favorite mc's new album. But after a few months of having it in my rotation I am very satisfied with Mos' latest work. It ain't Black on Both Sides, but it ain't 1999 either. Music with substance and soul. And for the people saying that music made for yourself should stay to yourself-- keep your comments to yourself then. As an artist, if I'm not happy with my work I could give a fuck if a hundred million people love it. And that's my word.
4 out of 5
c'mon...really? people ain't you (the artist in any question). they want to hear music that they can relate to. Mind you some cats look for substance and others look for bullshit. But it's what you present and how you go about it that catches people attention.
Longevity is based on the evolution of style and technique while still holding on to who you are (the basics). Mos def fell short of that. He went from solid substance to a gradual drawl of mumbled artsy, abstract for the sake of being abstract what-the-fuk-. Then ask people to pay fourteen bucks for it. C'mon.
Then he pulls that snobbish shit at the show Catch went to. That's like Choclair having the nerve to be a dick after his set when a brother tried to give him his due...