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TRUE MAGIC by Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)


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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

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Label: Geffen
Mos freestyles over the classics ("Crime & Medicine" rips Wu Tang's "Liquid Swords"), croons easy platitudes over soul-hop beats ("There Is a Way") and quotes an entire verse of Greg Nice ("Perfect Timing"). "Thug Is A Drug" offers a predictably soar perspective on thug life, while "Dollar Day" immortalizes Mos' contempt for George Bush. This is one of the rawest major label albums you'll hear this decade. Since Mos fancies himself a jazz cat, the album's tossed-off ambience is intentional if not always appealing -- though repeated listens are rewarded.

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