Conscious Rap Beats

Though 'Black on Both Sides' features DJ Premier, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Ayatollah, Psycho Les (The hip-hop Beatnuts), Diamond D, 88 Keys and contributions from jazz legend Weldon Irvine it is, compared to most hip-hop albums, an artist-focused release with Mos Def producing 'Worry Not of Guys', co-producing 'Umi Says', 'Brooklyn' and 'May-December', providing additional production on 'Hip Hop', 'Rock N Roll', 'Climb' and 'Mr.Each Episode includes Jasiri X reporting the National news over the hottest beats. A lot of rap songs played on the radio are the weakest lyrically.