Monday was all a bit of a blur and we bleated on about the fact that there were no good albums out this week, blah, blah, blah. We were wrong of course. The Ecstatic by Mos Def is in most good record shops (i.e. HMV as it's the only one left) now and it's possibly the best Hip Hop album we've heard since Clipse's Hell Hath No Fury.
Featuring production from Madlib, J Dilla (didn't he die a little while ago now?) and The Neptunes, it's an album packed full of socially conscious wordplay, humour and enough banging beats to makes you realise that rap need not begin and end with the Black Eyed Peas.
This is 'Twilite Speedball', produced by The Neptunes:
Which chump said The Neptunes couldn't produce for shit anymore? Idiots.
Even better is this, Quiet Dog (Bite Hard):
It's enough to get this white arse gyrating like a mad man.