17 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mos Def’s jones for jazz and soul steers his stellar debut as it continues to evolve in our ears. He warms us up with midtempo, old-school-flavored tracks ("Hip Hop," "Love") before stretching his vision across a musical landscape that includes rock and punk. “Mathematics” is a masterful takedown of injustices, laid over a terrific DJ Premier loop. But the album’s centerpiece is "Umi Says," a soulful groove about seizing the moment. It soothes like an evening stroll, and Mos' chant of "I want black people to be free” rings as powerfully today as it did in 1999.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mos Def’s jones for jazz and soul steers his stellar debut as it continues to evolve in our ears. He warms us up with midtempo, old-school-flavored tracks ("Hip Hop," "Love") before stretching his vision across a musical landscape that includes rock and punk. “Mathematics” is a masterful takedown of injustices, laid over a terrific DJ Premier loop. But the album’s centerpiece is "Umi Says," a soulful groove about seizing the moment. It soothes like an evening stroll, and Mos' chant of "I want black people to be free” rings as powerfully today as it did in 1999.

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