Max Tannone-Mos Dub
Max Tannone continues his streak of awesome mash-up albums with his newest release, Mos Dub. At the title suggests, this is a mash-up of the work of Mos Def with reggae and dub songs. Like his previous mash up project, Jaydiohead, Max Tannone’s Mos Dub doesn’t sound like a mash-up, and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s as if the original songs were created for the purpose of putting together this album. Each song is seamless.
I think that this mash-up works especially well because I’ve always thought of Mos Def as the thinking man’s rapper, somewhat soft-spoken and rarely sounding “angry” even when he clearly is. That mixes well with the reggae music, which has a history of bringing up social issues without hashing its own mellow, so to speak.
For me, the highlights are “Johnny Too Beef,” which is just rad, “In My Math,” and “Shroud the Stars.”
How does this compare to other mash ups? This is almost as good, if not as good, as Tannone’s Jaydiohead project. It’s even better another recent Rap vs. Reggae album, FreshNerd’s Nas vs. Bob Marley project Relatives Abroad. And it’s better than a lot of non-mashed up albums that have come out this year. Even though this is a derivative (or transformative) work, it stands on its own as damn good music.
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