The Ecstatic

Label: Downtown
Art.Nr.: 09538662
Kat.Nr.: B0027000-01
Jahr: 2009
Cover: Picture
Format: 2LP
Pressung: US - Reissue

Zustand: Neu
Hip Hop / Rap
Mos Def - The Ecstatic
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2017 Reissue

Finally, this Mos Def classic gets a proper reissue treatment. “The Ecstatic” is the 2009 fourth studio album by American rapper Mos Def. Released in June 2009, The Ecstatic charted at number nine on the Billboard 200.

After venturing further away from hip hop with an acting career and two poorly received albums, Mos Def signed with Downtown Records and recorded “The Ecstatic” primarily at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. He worked with producers such as Preservation, Mr. Flash, Oh No, and Madlib, the latter two of whom reused instrumentals they had produced on Stones Throw Records. Singer Georgia Anne Muldrow, formerly of the record label, was one of the album's few guest vocalists, along with rappers Slick Rick and Talib Kweli. For its front cover, a still from Charles Burnett's 1978 film “Killer of Sheep” was reproduced in red tint.

The Ecstatic was described by music journalists as a conscious and alternative hip hop record with an eccentric, internationalist quality. Mos Def's raps about global politics, love, spirituality, and social conditions were informed by the zeitgeist of the late 2000s, Black internalionalism, and Pan-Islamic ideas, as he incorporated a number of Islamic references throughout the album. Its loosely structured, lightly reverbed songs used unconventional time signatures and samples taken from a variety of international musical styles, including Afrobeat, soul, Eurodance, jazz, reggae, Latin, and Middle Eastern music. Mos Def titled “The Ecstatic” after one of his favorite novels—the 2002 Victor LaValle book of the same name—believing its titular phrase evoked his singular creative vision for the album.

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A1.SupermagicOh No02:33play
A2.Twilite SpeedballMos Def, Th...03:01play
A3.AuditoriumThe RulerMadlib, Mos...04:40play
B2.Quiet Dog Bite HardPreservation03:00play
B3.Life In Marvelous TimesMr. Flash03:44play
B4.The EmbassyMos Def, Mr...02:54play
C1.No Hay Nada MasPreservation01:42play
C2.PistolaOh No03:01play
C3.Pretty DancerMadlib03:31play
C4.Workers Comp.Mr. Flash02:04play
D2.RosesGeorgia Ann...Georgia Ann...03:41play
D3.HistoryTalib KweliJ Dilla02:21play
D4.Casa Bey04:27play
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