Mos Def exploded onto the scene a decade ago with the excellent Black on Both Sides but two indifferent releases followed as the Brooklyn rapper set his sights on a career as an actor. New album The Ecstatic, however, represents a welcome return to form, mixing the same ingredients - solid beats, thoughtful lyrics, humour and even a singing voice - that made his debut something of a Nineties classic. Here's first single Casa Bey. The Ecstatic is released on 24 August.
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