After early reports of Mos Def’s The Ecstatic being pushed back spread online, a rep for the rapper has called the claims false.
The album will still be released next week.
According to a label rep, reports of Mos Def’s Ecstatic being pushed back until late summer are completely false. The project will still be released both in physical and digital form Tuesday, June 9 via Downtown Music. (SOHH)
An earlier report said the project’s release date was scheduled for August.
Mos Def is taking time out from his acting career to resume work as a musician. He has announced details of a new album due in August, titled The Ecstatic, which will be his first record since True Magic was released in 2006. The hip-hop star has previewed the album during a spate of recent live shows. Numerous special guests have contributed to The Ecstatic. Slick Rick and Talib Kweli are both confirmed to appear, and “Quiet Dog” utilizes a spoken word sample of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. The late J. Dilla is listed among the producers of the album, which has clearly been recorded over a long period of time. (Prefix Mag)
Mos previously hinted at a few guest spots and his aim to revive HBO’s “Def Poetry” in an interview earlier this year.
“The name of the album is The Ecstatic,” he explained. “I titled it after one of my favorite novels by Victor LaValle and I’m really excited about it — it’s a lot shorter than some of my previous work but it’s still really full. [Guests include] Slick Rick, Jay Electronica, Black Thought and working with Madlib…For 2009, I got a couple of different projects on deck. Definitely looking forward to bringing ‘Def Poetry’ back to television for at least one more season. I’d like to do it in New Orleans in the ninth ward.” (Zune Insider)
The new release will be his fourth solo project after the unusual release of True Magic.
Mos Def released his third solo album, True Magic in 2006. A contract-fulfilling release for Geffen, which had absorbed Rawkus years prior, the album trickled out in a small run during the last week of 2006. Bizarrely, the disc came with no artwork and was sold in a clear plastic case — though its single, “Undeniable,” did manage to grab a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. Months later, Geffen re-released it with full artwork and a slightly different track listing. (All Music)
SOHH was recently on the scene at Mos and Talib Kweli’s Black Star reunion show in New York City.
Coming out in their own respective attire, Talib with his signature fitted cap resting atop his head with black clothing as Mos easily contradicted his partner’s gear via a “Coogi” pair of shorts, polo top and black boots. Despite their records, it was the duo’s appreciation of each audience member’s ticket purchase which Mos said “Thank-you, you could have been anywhere else in the world, but you’re here with us. We appreciate that.” In addition to “Kweli,” other tracks were played including Mos Def’s version of “Children’s Story.” (SOHH On The Scene)