Mos Def – The Ecstatic Mos Def – The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Although not quite fanboy status, I was probably a little too horny for the release of this record—figuratively speaking, of course. But how could you not be? We all know about his talents as a genre-bending musician, TV and film actor and even style icon; but doesn’t Mos Def just seem like he’d be a cool guy to hangout with even if he wasn’t famous? Like he’d know the head chef at all the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants, could probably speak 3 or 4 different languages and would always know about some dope hotel party going on or something. In my head, he’s pretty much the hip-hop version of “The Most Interesting Man in the World” from those Dos Equis commercials.
But my experience with “The Ecstatic” wasn’t love at first listen. It wasn’t even “like” at first listen. I had set some pretty high expectations, and my first impression was a little bit of a let down…definitely not a “10”. But there was some flirtatious intrigue. I wasn’t gonna go brag to my friends or anything, but I’d be willing to meet up again and see what happened. So after giving it another listen, and really thinking about it; I mean really thinking about it, I realized that what I was experiencing with “The Ecstatic” was the same thing I had gone through with that movie “There Will Be Blood”. I eagerly anticipated the release of each, did my homework, read up on each as much as I could or had time to. I was a huge fan of the leading men in both pieces of work, I was convinced each was going to be absolutely amazing; and both film and record were kind of a let down for me—at first. What I did next was overanalyze the fuck out of it until I realized, boom, I fucking love it! The level of talent on display was phenomenal. Never once did it feel forced, unnatural or like something was held back; each had made exactly the piece of art they wanted to create. Each created steady rising action throughout resulting in climactic moments. And just like the “I drink your milkshake” scene, “The Ecstatic” finishes strong with a Kweli/Blackstar reunion and the album’s video single, “Casa Bey”.
Mos Def probably won’t win an Academy Award for “The Ecstatic”, but its good enough to undeniably perpetuate his status as “The Most Interesting Man in the World” and further my very questionable make-believe friendship with Mos Def.

Track Listing:

Twilite Speedball
Auditorium ft. the Ruler
Quiet Dog
Life In Marvelous Times
The Embassy
No Hay Nada Mas
Pretty Dancer
Workers Comp
Roses ft. Georgia Anne Muldrow
History ft. Talib Kweli
Casa Bey

Mos Def - The Ecstatic, reviewed by Delicious on 2009-06-11T16:18:54-07:00 rating 3.9 out of 5

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