New Danger - Mos Def
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: 'New Danger' is the second solo hip-hop album (and Geffen debut) for the rapper and actor.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. 100
    A funky, soulful flashback to the works of outspoken jazz and R&B greats like Gil-Scott Heron and Miles Davis.
  2. 80
    A grimier, more uncomfortable listen. [Nov 2004, p.100]
  3. 75
    In a world where 50 Cent name-drops [Talib] Kweli, Mos Def wants to keep the line between indie hip-hop and major-label rap nice and blurry. [Oct 2004, p.112]
  4. 60
    This is the hip-hop equivalent of an all-stops pulled, Oscar-ready performance: mushily sentimental, self-righteously indignant and constantly in your face. [Nov 2004, p.138]
  5. When (and I mean, when) he raps, he's barely conscious.
  6. A messy, disappointing record that would be a miss from any artist, but from an artist of Mos Def’s talents, it’s a minor disaster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    This album is not the taste of all. Alternative Rap people. It may not be for all of america but Mos' blend of Rap and Rock gets you pumping your head to every verse. Good job Mr.Dante Terrell Smith. Pure Masterpiece. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jan 2, 2005
    10
    There seems to be a lot of people who dont like this new sound...what needs to be understood is that this album is one that was not meant to follow in the footsteps of his other work...this was a work of passion...and its hot Expand
  3. paulj
    Aug 5, 2005
    9
    When a hip-hop artist can incorporate the Fifth Dimension and Jim Morrison into an album- it has to be grand. Mos Def, who frequently played a guest role on the Chapelle Show, shows why he is one of the most thoughtful artists in the genre today. Mos purveys and critiques North American and hip-pop culture. Though the albums lacks (minutely, I might add) in places, it nevertheless remains an incredible album. Expand
  4. StoP
    Oct 21, 2004
    8
    If you're looking for Black on Both Sides part 2 then this ain't your album. But in a similar vein to Com's Electric Circus, The New Danger is an eclectic mix of funk, soul, rap and rock, amalgamated flawlessly. It sidesteps all the commercial failings and transcends the genre. The New Danger marks the galant return of hip-hop's prodigal son, The Mighty Mos Def. Collapse
  5. LawrenceP
    Jan 15, 2005
    8
    An uneven Lp but still mostly solid. I think mos def will hit the next one out of the park.
  6. MichaelC
    Jan 1, 2007
    6
    It's way to ambitious and often feels unfocused. The select guitar solos would have been good, if he would have played the instrument, but jazz style guitar solos don't belong in the genre. This isn't a terrible album though, there are some good cuts on this disk. Expand
  7. MichaelL
    Oct 16, 2004
    3
    With the exception of only a handful of the 18 tracks, Mos' MO seems to be one of either hips and haws or disturbingly bad rap-rock. Buy the "Sex, Love & Money" single instead ? it also includes "Ghetto Rock" ? and save $15. Expand

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