Rocker Reacts to “Black on Both Sides”

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21 Savage – Without Warning
A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory
Ab Soul – Control System
Baby Keem – The Melodic Blue
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Creepin on Ah Come Up
Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
Clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition, XXX
De La Soul – Three Feet High and Rising
Death Grips – The Money Store, Exmilitary
Denzel Curry – Taboo, Unlocked!, Melt My Eyez See Your Future
DMX – It’s Dark and Hell is Hot
Drake – Take Care, Reading This/Too Late
Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
Frank Ocean – Blonde, Channel Orange
Freddie Gibbs – Pinata
Future – DS2
Injury Reserve – By the Time I Get to Phoenix
J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
J Dilla – Donuts
Jay Z – Blueprint, Reasonable Doubt, Watch the Throne
JID – The Never Story, The Forever Story
JPEGMAFIA – Veteran, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, LP!
Ka – Honor Killed the Samurai
Kanye – College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak, MBDTF, Yeezus, Life of Pablo, Ye
Kendrick – Section.80, Good Kid Mad City, To Pimp a Butterfly, DAMN, Untitled Unmastered, Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers
Kenny Beats – Louie
Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon
Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter
Lil Yachty – Let’s Start Here
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Grey Area
Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
Mac Miller – Swimming, Circles
MF DOOM – Madvillainy, Mm Food
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Mos Def – Black on Both Sides
Mos Def, Talib Kweli – Black Star
Nas – Illmatic
Nicki Minaj – Pink Print
NONAME – Telefone
Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die
On Man – Self Titled
Outkast – Southernplaya, ATLiens, Aquemini
Playboi Carti – Die Lit, Whole Lotta Red
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions
Pusha T – Daytona
Richie Russo – Make Believe
Run the Jewels – RTJ 1, RTJ 2
Slowthai – Ugly
Teyana Taylor – KTSE
The Roots – Things Fall Apart
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
Three 6 Mafia – Mystic Stylez
Travis Scott – Astroworld, Rodeo
Tupac – Me Against the World
Tyler the Creator – IGOR, Flower Boy, Call Me if You Get Lost
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait, Big Fish Theory
Wu-Tang – 36 Chambers, Liquid Swords
Yeat – Afterlyfe

This is my first time listen and reaction to the album “Black on Both Sides” by Mos Def. Enjoy!

0:00:00 – Opening Thoughts
0:02:40 – Fear Not a Man
0:11:10 – Hip Hop
0:20:45 – Love
0:27:45 – Ms. Fat Booty
0:32:10 – Speed Law
0:41:15 – Do It Now
0:45:30 – Got
0:51:50 – UMI Says
01:04:35 – New World Water
01:10:05 – Rock N Roll
01:18:15 – Know That
01:25:35 – Climb
01:31:50 – Brooklyn
01:38:25 – Habitat
01:43:40 – Mr. Nigga
01:52:20 – Mathematics
01:57:50 – May-December
01:59:30 – Closing Thoughts


  1. He's referencing Star Wars because the beat he's rapping over is a play on The Imperial March from the Star Wars soundtrack.

  2. Brooklyn… it's a little disappointing that you say you can't get into the song hust because it's about Brooklyn. The lyrics here are still some of the best in hip-hop and you should be able to appreciate the rhyme scheme and be entertained about him showing love for the place where he's from and one of the birthplaces of hip-hop. Also, that last beat he's rapping over is from BIG's album. One of the last great Brooklyn artists.

  3. Love all of your videos, and I think that you should listen to the album 10,000 gecs from 100 gecs that just came out. It'd definitely be fun for a Monday video with your wife! 😀

  4. The back half is such a contrast to the first half so I think it can take you by surprise. The first half is more straight forward(Though still genius) and the back half of the album is a little more abstract. "New World Water" is one you for sure have to go back to, though. That's one of people's favorites off of the album usually and the way it deals with the effect that water has on our world is pretty special. This isn't my absolute favorite album of all time but definitely up there, loved your initial reaction. This one gets better with some listens.

  5. Great reaction as always but that's gotta be your first miss on Brooklyn into Habitat, it's the best part of the album!! Everybody needs a home and I feel like it's really universal whether you share the experiences he has with his home

  6. Pharoahe Monch "Internal Affairs" why haven't anyone requested that project to him. It's one of the best albums from the 90s.

  7. I dont know if youve already covered this, but just because I’m curious: Will you continue with ye?

  8. you should react to the new 100 gecs album '10,000 gecs'

  9. kinda unrelated, but i'd love to see you react to 'deathconciousness' by have a nice life. it's very different from anything you've heard so far, but i think you'd like it. it's a kind of ambienty droney album but it also has it's harsher moments. it's pretty depressing too

  10. You have loved every DJ Premier beat you heard so far (who doesnt?!). My recommendation for you stays the same, try Gang Starr! Moment Of Truth album might be perfect to get into them.
    Btw, I think you might like the video from "Digging The Greats" called "The INSANE Musical Math of DJ Premier and Mos Def". it explains the song mathematics pretty well.

  11. "Climb" is mysterious, but I always innately took it to be a poem about the natural wiring that draws people (especially young adults) out into the nightlife, searching for one another, searching for something bright and shiny, searching for communion, beauty, love, excitement, looking to mate, etc.

  12. "New World Water" is one of my favorites, because it's literally about the impending water crisis we could face. It's not some 2 bit metaphor for something more general or typical that a bunch of other rappers have touched on. He went and wrote a rap song about water, taking it for granted, and losing access to it. It's a real topical lyric, and I've always felt emcees & songwriters ought to be stretching themselves more with regard to finding unique subjects to write about.

  13. The chorus in
    “ Love “ are lines from a Rakim Rhyme on Eric B and Rakim’s song
    “ I got soul “

  14. you don't need something to turn your brain off.
    your brain is trying to tell you something. Listen to it. it might be painful, but it's gonna be worth it in the end. Trying to escape your own thoughts is a slippery slope.

  15. Do the Busta Rhymes – Genesis album… you will thoroughly enjoy it

  16. The 20 year water tank line was meant to convey the message that they are taking all the water from the earth selling it for profit and eventually we’re going to run out so he doesn’t want a bank account. He wants a 20 year water tank

  17. So new world water is all about other politicians and businesses are using up and contaminating worlds water to make a profit

  18. Totally off topic of this album, but I weirdly want you to listen to the Minecraft soundtrack. Minecraft – Volume Alpha by C418

  19. New world water is one of the most important songs that went over your head.

  20. react to lean beef patty by jpegmafia and danny brown i want to see what you think about it

  21. Bob please react to Days Before Rodeo!!! Wayyyy better than Astroworld imo you’ll love it.

  22. Like the review, you should checkout the new 100 gecs album

  23. Ur view on god is how i view god. I always say; if god is omnipotent that means he is everywhere at once, i am somewhere because i exist, therefore god is within me_ i am god.

  24. playboi carti @ rolling loud LA 2023. even if it’s copyrighted you have to react to it for us. he came up full metal whole lotta red + new songs & remix old songs. best performance of the year

  25. Ali Shaheed, the producer on GOT, is a Tribe member

  26. Another really great review. Thanks for everything you do! I really enjoy these…

    And about quieting your mind… Have you tried meditation? 😊

    Take care!

  27. can you react to the life of pierre 5 by pierre bourne?

  28. Bob you gotta watch Playboi Carti’s 2023 Rolling Loud performance it’s too crazy

  29. Please do a album review for Flatbush zombies 3001 a laced odyssey

  30. Talib Kweli “Reflection Eternal” > Mos Def “Black on both sides”

  31. love this, mos is one of my faves. if you do busta, i recommend E. L. E.

  32. You should look into "American Descendants of Slavery" or ADOS on "African American" vs. just "American."

  33. This album and MM… FOOD basically got me into hip-hop. I liked it before fs, but these really made me interested in finding more.

  34. DJ Premier is a legendary producer and half of the group Gangstarr. I’ve said this before but you really should do their album Moment of Truth.

  35. Mathematically ADD minister….

    So many doubles

  36. Yes on the Busta album. You should do Extinction Level Event or Anarchy 100%

  37. There's this great video by Diggin The Greats that explains some really impressive things about Mathematics that I strongly suggest you watch


  39. "hip-hop went from sellin crack to smokin it" is one of my favorite lines of all time. So many lines in here that predicted the future of hip-hop as well the US and the World.

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