17th April | O2 Academy

I remember the first time I heard Mos Def’s seminal fourth album, The Ecstatic. Virtually instantly, the first thing that popped into my mind was how much the production reminded me of Madlib’s legendary collaboration with MF DOOM, Madvillainy. I then did a little bit of research and found out that The Ecstatic is a partly Madlib-produced effort – geek points to me, right? 

However, what is truly remarkable about the 2009 album is that even with the indisputably unique and revolutionary production, Madlib’s beats are not the stand-out feature. That award goes to Yasiin Bey’s (the Mos Def moniker has been retired, sort of) world-class wordplay. To be able to take the free-flowing ‘musical stream of consciousness’ that makes up the album’s composition and connect it together with the poise and deftness that he does is nothing short of genius – and we shouldn’t use that word lightly. 

Perhaps that’s why it is felt that a celebration of The Ecstatic is needed on the year of its tenth anniversary. Indeed, it is celebration enough that Yasiin Bey is (temporarily) bringing the Mos Def moniker out of retirement at all, let alone that he is bringing it to the O2 academy to perform The Ecstatic in full, alongside other Mos Def classics. 

Luckily for those who have not yet bought tickets, this is a rescheduled date from February, which means there are still stray tickets floating in the ether, so snap them up before you miss your chance forever. 

See the video to ‘Casa Bey’ from The Ecstatic here: