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Black on Both Sides

Black on Both Sides is an alternative rap album by Mos Def, released on October 12, 1999 (see 1999 in music). Intended as a return to the roots of hip hop, the album was hailed as a classic soon after its release, despite poor sales. The album's blend of socio-political rhymes with jazz and other unusual sources of samples endeared Mos Def to listeners who had tired of gangsta rap and its cliches.

Track listing

  1. Fear Not of Man (Smith) - 4:28
  2. Hip Hop (Kirkland/Smith) - 3:16
  3. Love (Njapa/Smith) - 4:23
  4. Ms. Fat Booty (Dorell/Smith) - 3:43
  5. Speed Law (Njapa/Smith) - 4:16
  6. Do It Now performed by Mos Def / Busta Rhymes - 3:49
  7. Got (Muhammed/Smith) - 3:27
  8. Umi Says (Kennedy/Smith) - 5:10
  9. New World Water (Fernandez/Smith) - 3:11
  10. Rock N Roll (Fernandez/Smith) - 5:02
  11. Know That performed by Mos Def / Talib Kweli - 4:03
  12. Climb performed by Mos Def / Vinia Mojica - 4:02
  13. Brooklyn Habitat (Kennedy/Smith/Young) - 5:09
  14. Mr. Nigga performed by Mos Def / Q-Tip - 4:39
  15. Mathematics (Martin/Smith) - 5:12
  16. May-December (Irvine/Njapa/Smith) - 4:06
  17. May-December (Irvine/Njapa/Smith) - 3:29

Personnel

  • Weldon Irvine - Piano, Arranger, Keyboards, Producer, String Arrangements
  • Jane - Design
  • The Beatnuts - Producer
  • Busta Rhymes - Performer
  • Diamond D - Producer
  • DJ Premier - Producer
  • David Kennedy - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Producer
  • Vinia Mojica - Vocals
  • Mathias Q-Tip - Performer
  • Mos Def - Bass, Percussion, Conga, Drums, Keyboards, Producer, Vibraphone, Executive Producer
  • Kiku - Design
  • Talib Kweli - Performer
  • 88 Keys - Producer
  • Etch-A-Sketch - Producer
  • Shaka - Executive Producer
  • Psycho Les - Producer
  • Johnny Why - Guitar, Engineer
  • Calablzitaz Tiernaz - Photography
  • Alvaro Gonzalez-Campo - Photography
  • Ayatollah - Producer
  • Ge-Ology - Producer

Chart positions Billboard (North America) - album

 1999	The Billboard 200	                No. 25
 1999	Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums	                No. 3
Billboard (North America) - singles
 1999	Ms. Fat Booty	Hot Rap Singles	                           No. 20
 1999	Ms. Fat Booty	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks	   No. 54
 2000	Ms. Fat Booty 2	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks           No. 98



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