The New Classics

May 10, 2009

New Music: Mos Def, Casa Bey

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 10:51 am

05.10.09

Song: Casa Bey
Artist: Mos Def
Album: The Ecstatic
Label: Downtown Records
Producer: unknown
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Mos Def I’ve always found to be a little overrated. I mean, I think he’s great, but there are lots who think he’s the greatest and I just don’t see that. I’ve been disappointed by at least half of every album he’s put out, Black on Both Sides included. But then he’s created some of my favorite hip hop songs ever like ‘Miss Fat Booty’, ‘Mathematics’, ‘Travelin Man’ and ‘Definition’.  So I always hesitantly anticipate his new material, expecting that there will be a handful of songs that I won’t dig. ‘Casa Bey’ is not one of those. This is a song with several different flavors jammed into 4 and a half minutes. Mos starts out repeating a rhyme over a bassline/high hat beat before the track cracks open with some Chicago-esque jazzy horns for a nice feel-good vibe. He also switches up his flow a few times throughout the song, from sing-songy slow to motor-mouthed quick, keeping with the everchanging beat. It’s almost like he’s freestyling live over a jazz fusion jam band, just changing his style to fit whatever direction the band takes, which is a refreshing change of pace in hip hop to just rapping over a repetive looped sample. Mos might be overrated in my book, but he’s also one of the smartest artists in hip hop and he knows music better than I could ever claim. All I know is I’m digging ‘Casa Bey’.
Rating: 8.0
Source: RCRD LBL

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1 Comment »

  1. […] Casa Bey Artist: Mos Def Album: The Ecstatic Label: Downtown Records Producer: unknown Notes: 1st single […]

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