Albums The Best Mos Def Albums of All Time  

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Known also as an actor, Mos Def is considered one of the best rappers ever. Here, you'll find a complete list of the best Mos Def albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Mos Def discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Mos Def albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Mos Def singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Mos Def album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Mos Def album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Mos Def album of all time?" or "What are the top Mos Def albums?" then this list will answer your questions. Though he's not the most prolific rapper, Mos Def has released some great albums, some of which have been certified gold, not to mention his numerous hit singles. The list you're viewing has a features every Mos Def studio album, including Black on Both Sides and True Magic.

This list of popular Mos Def albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Share your own opinion and vote up your favorite albums, while voting any down that you feel should be lower on the list.

Black on Both Sides is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mos Def Albums of All Time
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Black on Both Sides


1. Fear Not of Man
2. Hip Hop
3. Love
4. Ms. Fat Booty
5. Speed Law
6. Do It Now!
7. Got
8. Umi Says
9. New World Water
10. Rock N Roll
11. Know That
12. Climb
13. Brooklyn
14. Habitat
15. Mr. Nigga
16. Mathematics
17. May–December

Release Date: 1999

Artist: Mos Def

Producer: DJ Premier, Lamont Dorrell, The Beatnuts, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, 88-keys, + more

Tracks: Know That, Love, Do It Now, Mr. Nigga, Umi Says, + more

Length (mins): 01:11:38

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Underground hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, + more

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The Ecstatic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mos Def Albums of All Time
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The Ecstatic


1. Supermagic
2. Twilite Speedball
3. Auditorium
4. Wahid
5. Priority
6. Quiet Dog Bite Hard
7. Life in Marvelous Times
8. The Embassy
9. No Hay Nada Mas
10. Pistola
11. Pretty Dancer
12. Workers Comp.
13. Revelations
14. Roses
15. History
16. Casa Bey

Release Date: 2009

Artist: Mos Def

Tracks: Wahid, Quiet Dog (Bite Hard), Pretty Dancer, Revelations, The Embassy, + more

Genres (Music): Hip hop music

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Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Blac... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mos Def Albums of All Time
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Joshua Kennedy added Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star


1. Intro
2. Astronomy (8th Light)
3. Definition
4. Re: Definition
5. Children's Story
6. Brown Skin Lady 
7. B Boys Will B Boys
8. K.O.S. (Determination)
9. Hater Players
10. Yo Yeah
11. Respiration
12. Thieves in the Night
13. Twice Inna Lifetime

Release Date: 1998

Artist: Black Star

Producer: Hi-Tek

Tracks: Thieves in the Night, K.O.S. (Determination), RE:DEFinition, Astronomy (8th Light), Hater Players, + more

Length (mins): 00:50:11

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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The New Danger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mos Def Albums of All Time
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The New Danger


1. The Boogie Man Song
2. Freaky Black Greetings
3. Ghetto Rock
4. Zimzallabim
5. The Rape Over
6. Blue Black Jack
7. Bedstuy Parade & Funeral March
8. Sex, Love & Money
9. Sunshine
10. Close Edge
11. The Panties
12. War
13. Grown Man Business (Fresh Vintage Bottles)
14.  Modern Marvel
15. Life Is Real
16. The Easy Spell
17. The Beggar
18. Champion Requiem

Release Date: 2004

Artist: Mos Def

Producer: Warryn Campbell, Kanye West, The Beatnuts, 88-keys

Tracks: The Boogie Man Song, The Beggar, Ghetto Rock, Close Edge, Champion Requiem, + more

Length (mins): 01:13:27

Genres (Music): Rock music, Hip hop music, Jazz, Alternative hip hop, Blues, + more

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