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  • Summary: The fourth solo album for the rapper/actor features Talib Kweli, Slick rick, and Georgia Anne Muldrow as guest artists.
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
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  1. Half associative rhymes that clock in under two-and-a-half minutes, devoid of hooks but full of sounds you want to hear again, it's like a dream mixtape.
  2. Though his vigor falters toward the end, The Ecstatic remains by far his strongest, most deeply felt work in ages.
  3. Outspoken and even prone to some fairly loony conspiracy theorising, The Ecstatic thankfully does not become such a platform, and is a refined selection of strong tracks, which skilfully tread the balance between tight beats and forthright exclamations.
  4. 80
    The Ecstatic is easily his finest full-length since "Black on Both Sides," his 1999 solo debut.
  5. The Ecstatic flags in spots and the album's tricky samples take a while to absorb. But the 16-song collection offers proof that Mos Def can still be invigorated from a tight beat as much as a tightly written script.
  6. The fleet-tongued 'Casa Bey' shows what Mos can do when he's focused, and it makes you wish he put together a whole record of songs as dynamic. But the album is also littered with tracks that sound like fragments in search of completion.
  7. The songs are brief and direct, the best of them hit hard and make a real impression, and the worst breeze by innocuously, instead of lingering like Mos' painful past failures.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
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  1. MikeW.
    Jun 10, 2009
    10
    Great uplifting album that serves as a reminder of how blessed we really are to be alive (even in these difficult times)! I am so happy that Great uplifting album that serves as a reminder of how blessed we really are to be alive (even in these difficult times)! I am so happy that we got Mos from Black on Both Sides back! Although there is some pretty tough subject matter, Mos always maintains that hopeful tone throughout the album and reminds us: "Don't Worry we are forgiven"! The Ecstatic is just pure bliss coming from a very talented sublime rapper! Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2011
    10
    This is a great album since Black on Both Sides. Mos Def has blessed with his poetry, great beats and most importantly a great record. Life inThis is a great album since Black on Both Sides. Mos Def has blessed with his poetry, great beats and most importantly a great record. Life in it's Marvellous Times, Twilte Speedball. His collaboration with Talib Kweli, all a masterpiece. Expand
  3. JasonM
    Jun 9, 2009
    10
    Great lyrics and great production this album is amazing.
  4. Mar 31, 2013
    10
    this album is unbelievable. it shows how an album is supposed to be made. starting off stronge, and ending at its strongest. casa bey isthis album is unbelievable. it shows how an album is supposed to be made. starting off stronge, and ending at its strongest. casa bey is easily the best song on the album. and the guests are also fantastic. everyone should listen Expand
  5. MaxP.
    Jun 14, 2009
    9
    This is classic mos def, his best stuff since black on both sides. Hard hitting hitting beats by the timeless JDilla mixed with the lyrical This is classic mos def, his best stuff since black on both sides. Hard hitting hitting beats by the timeless JDilla mixed with the lyrical stylings that we loved from his black star days. Definitely one of mos defs best records to date. Expand
  6. NealY.
    Jun 29, 2009
    9
    Actually, 8.75. If you had asked me the first week I had it, I'd have rated it a 2. I forgot that with Mos, you got to let it sink in Actually, 8.75. If you had asked me the first week I had it, I'd have rated it a 2. I forgot that with Mos, you got to let it sink in for a while before judging it (like True Magic and New Danger. Y'all sleeping on both of those BANGERS!!!). But now that I understand it more, I can truly say that some of his best work, and some of his most creative ideas, can be found on The Ecstatic. It's hot to the touch. Somebody said it best: listen to the cd about 10-12 times. If you do, you'll wonder what took you so long to declare it so hot in the first place. My bad, Mos. I won't rush to judgment so fast any more. Expand
  7. Smitty
    Jul 21, 2009
    8
    Glad 2 hear him lift-off where he left-off. Raw, groovy, & live best describe Mos' Ecstatic. Lyrically in his prime, the compositions Glad 2 hear him lift-off where he left-off. Raw, groovy, & live best describe Mos' Ecstatic. Lyrically in his prime, the compositions give hip-hop a powerful presence in modern times. Expand

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