An earlier generation of rappers, including Brand Nubian and De La Soul, had made some groundbreaking, thoughtful rap music. They had been replaced by gangsta rap though, and Mos Def was one of the principal causes of a revival in such socially aware rap, which also involved Dr. Octagon, Kweli, Common and others.
He was also part of Black Jack Johnson, an all-black rock group (also including Dr. Know, Bernie Worrell, Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun) to rescue rock music from what they saw as boring and staid groups, such as Limp Bizkit, whom Mos Def openly despises. The group has performed a few concerts.
|Year||Title||Label||1998||Black Star||Priority Records||1999||Black on Both Sides||Rawkus Records|