Year: 1999
Best Line: "People talk about hip-hop like it's some giant living in the hillside, coming down to visit the townspeople."
Album: Black on Both Sides

Very few rappers can channel the intellectual spirit that Mos Def (excuse us, Yasiin Bey) possesses on the mic, and his debut solo album Black on Both Sides provided a rich source of insight that people equate him with to this day. On the album-opening "Fear Not of Man," Mos is in pursuit for social truth, and it's a monologue that is as powerful as it is entertaining.

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