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Black on Both Sides

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Black on Both Sides is the debut solo album of American rapper Mos Def, released October 12, 1999 on Rawkus Records. Prior to the album's recording, Mos Def had collaborated with rapper Talib Kweli for the duo's studio album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star , which raised high expectations for a solo effort. Black on Both Sides features an emphasis on live instrumentation and socially conscious lyrics. On February 2, 2000, the album was certified Gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America , following sales in excess of 500,000 copies.


The album features a mix between established and rising producers. DJ Premier, provides the "Mathematics" instrumental. Diamond D also is credited for one beat, which is "Hip Hop". Ali Shaheed Muhammad, known mostly as a member of A Tribe Called Quest, produced the seventh song "Got". Psycho Les of The Beatnuts did a little more than the aforementioned producers by supplying two beats (The ninth and tenth tracks "New World Water" and "Rock N Roll", respectively.) Jazz legend Weldon Irvine provided additional production to "Climb".

Ayatollah, who went on to receive moderate success, produced "Ms. Fat Booty" and "Know That". The same followed for 88-Keys after he made "Love", "Speed Law" and co-produced the instrumental outro "May–December" with Mos Def, himself. David Kennedy (The second swing of "Brooklyn" and "Umi Says" produced with Mos Def), Mr. Khaliyl ("Do It Now"), DJ Etch-A-Sketch ("Climb" and "Habitat"), Ge-ology (The first swing of "Brooklyn") and D. Prosper ("Mr. Nigga") round out the other contributors. The late Jay Dee also contributed, but his work was not included on the album's final draft.

Mos received production assistance on most of the album's tracks. His sole production credit comes at "Fear Not of Man", but he provided additional production to four tracks (Hip Hop", "Rock N Roll", "Climb" and "Mr. Nigga") and co-produced three ("Umi Says", "Brooklyn" and "May–December").

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Fear Not of Man Mos Def       04:28
1-2 Hip Hop Mos Def       03:16
1-3 Love Mos Def       04:23
1-4 Ms. Fat Booty Mos Def       03:43
1-5 Speed Law Mos Def       04:16
1-6 Do It Now Mos Def       03:49
1-7 Got Mos Def       03:27
1-8 Umi Says Mos Def       05:10
1-9 New World Water Mos Def       03:11
1-10 Rock N Roll Mos Def       05:02
1-11 Know That Mos Def       04:03
1-12 Climb Mos Def       04:02
1-13 Brooklyn Mos Def       05:09
1-14 Habitat Mos Def       04:39
1-15 Mr. Nigga Mos Def       05:12
1-16 Mathematics Mos Def       04:06




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