From Jeffery Cohen Sent Mon, Jul 27th 1998, 01:29
Mos Def - "Universal Magnetic / If You Can Huh, You Can Hear" (Rawkus) Another strong release from the hip- hop indie, Rawkus. The sleeve of this 12" is a full picture of Mos Def on stage, a nice change from the usual plain black sleeves that I've gotten too used to. Mos Def is Dante Bize, a 24 year- old MC / actor, who you might have seen on TV as the cashier in those Visa adverts. This single was produced by Shawn J. Period, for whom my respect grows with every track I hear. Rawkus, don't lose him. This is the first 12" I bought from Mos, and it was worth much more than the $6 it cost. I almost feel like I ripped the store off. :) The a-side is the vocal / instr. side of Universal Magnetic, and it starts off with a minimal beat, and Mos doing his thing alphabet style. After a little introduction, the track gets a little funkier, a little jazzier, but focus is where it should be, on Mos. He's got mad creativity, and his rhymes draw from everywhere: "Now you should go and tell your clientele / They need to get the message like Melle Mel." The flip is a slower track, starting off with a gong, and using samples from Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage." to check the lyrics from Universal Magnetic: http://mason.gmu.edu/~dtursany/rammy/uni versl.tx or listen @ www.sandboxautomatic.com .jeff / chris. .do not condemn the judgement of another because it differs from your own . you may both be wrong .