Label: Rawkus/Geffen Records
Worst Song: "Zimzallabim"


So, this is what we waited five years to get our hands on? Mos Def's 1999 debut, Black On Both Sides, was a cohesive album that featured production from 88-Keys, Ayatollah, DJ Premier and more. But his follow-up was basically a clusterfuck of alllllll the different things Mos wanted to try. Mos also let his rock ambitions get the best of him as songs featured him just wailing commands ("Let's go!") rather than his introspective lyrics. So it should come as no surprise that it sounded so scattershot that we still have trouble listening to it from start to finish without wondering why Mos didn't see the danger in taking that approach.