The Ecstatic

Universal Music India Ltd.
Release date
29 Jun 2009
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Supermagic 2:32 131,907
2 Twilight Speedball 3:03 12,837
3 Auditorium 4:35 93,558
4 Wahid 1:40 110,126
5 Priority 1:23 122,754
6 Quiet Dog 2:57 64,065
7 Life In Marvelous Times 3:42 116,813
8 The Embassy 2:46 101,914
9 No Hay Nada Mas 1:42 92,334
10 Pistola 3:03 83,506
11 Pretty Dancer 3:30 67,721
12 Workers Comp 2:03 29,368
13 Revelations 2:03 85,891
14 Roses 3:41 32,727
15 History 2:21 41,636
16 Casa Bey 4:31 98,174

About this album

The Ecstatic is the fourth studio album by American hip hop artist Mos Def, released June 9, 2009 on Downtown Records. The album was recorded during 2007 to 2009, and production was handled by J Dilla, Mr. Flash, Madlib, Mos Def, Oh No, Preservation, and The Neptunes. The Ecstatic features samples of several diverse musical styles, including soul, Afrobeat, jazz, funk, and Latin music, and has been noted by music writers for its “out-of-the-crates” samples. The album debuted at number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 39,000 copies in its first week. It serves as Mos Def’s second highest charting album to date. Upon its release, The Ecstatic received general acclaim from most music critics, and it earned Mos Def a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. Rolling Stone magazine named it the seventeenth best album of 2009. In a podcast interview with Anthony DeCurtis at the 92nd Street Y, Mos Def stated that he named the album after the book The Ecstatic by Victor LaValle.

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  • supatanman420

    one of my favorite albums of all time..

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jizzard135

    Hopefully this will be recognised as a true Hip Hop classic. An utter gem!

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • almightykingdom

    Certified gem in Hip Hop....Right up their with Black on Both Sides

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • brunovieira8

    Great album

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • luizprigol

    Great, but BOBS is better

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • theozonehole

    This album made me wonder... "why haven't I been listening to Mos Def on repeat forever?"

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
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  • laragonnadoit

    If you don't pay enough attention, Mos will go over your head [2]

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • GoldenTouf

    his best album by far

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ckunke002

    Theres only like 2 songs on here that aren't incredible. If you don't pay enough attention, Mos will go over your head

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • terminallychill

    this really doesn't get as much attention as it deserves

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    Might as well call this Comeback: The Album. I don't I've ever seen such a return to form.

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Toriyamafan

    after 2 Years still great.

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ckypissdrunk

    This was easily one of the best rap albums of the past few years

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    A true definition of a grower. Did not feel this album on the first couple reasons upon its release. Checked it out a year later and "got it". Now I can recognize it as one of the best albums of the last ten years. Mos was on fire on this album and the whole almost-psychedelic flow is great. There's a strong Madvillian influence throughout but I love how Mos flipped it and adapted it to his own style.

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • klorjne

    Quiet Dog Bite Hard is a personal favorite

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • pit3r_pw

    love Auditorium [2]

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • lMax3000l

    love Auditorium

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • stretts

    perfect album i think

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
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