Black On Both Sides set a standard for socially aware lyrics and instrumental production, cementing Mos Def as one of the most important artists of his generation. In 2000, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Released in the wake of his successful collaboration album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, Black On Both Sides featured production from the likes of DJ Pioneer, Diamond D, A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and The Beatnuts. This lead to an incredibly strong, diverse, but altogether cohesive track list, with Mathematics, Umi Says and the Aretha Franklin sampling Ms Fat Booty reigning as stand outs.
The all too brief anniversary tour will see the album performed in full, with a few Mos Def classics thrown in for good measure. Add a true hip hop pioneer like Bambaataa, plus a few yet to be announced guests, and this is definitely one hot ticket.
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