The anticipation for this album is immense! We’ve been lucky enough to catch up with Mos Def through many stages of recording this album over the last year & a half and last night got the final listen at mastering. WOW. Its hard to describe how good this album sounds!! My first comparison was to the first time I listened to “The Score” – singing you hadn’t heard before, music samples used in ways you hadn’t heard before, rhyme patterns you hadn’t heard before – Dante is delivering what you’ve been waiting for with this one! The tracks you’ve heard already “Quiet Dog”, “Live in Marvelous Times” and “Casa Bey” are standouts but my personal favorites are “Twilight”, “History” feat. Talib Kweli, & wait til you hear the beautiful frolaboration on Georgia Anne Muldrow’s “Roses.” Then there’s one with Slick Rick & one where he does the entire song in Spanish and I don’t know what he says but its amazing. Shouts out to Preservation, Dilla, Oh No & Madlib on the beats, and to Jan Fairchild on the boards and to Bernie Grundman – the master of all mastering.
Overall review: incredible.
June 9th folks. And even if it leaks ahead of time, which in these days and times unfortunately you know it will, still buy this for your collection. Its most definitely been worth the wait.
May will be the official “Month of Mos” on Frolab.com so starting next week we’ll have exclusive previews of new songs and video clips from studio sessions, our recent journey to South Africa, & from the recent Yoshi’s performances in San Francisco.
in the meantime…
Check this live audio clip of Mos performing his version of Kanye’s “Say You Will” at the Blue Note with Robert Glasper’s band “RCDC Experiment” back in January.