Five years after the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, "Black on Both Sides," the real "danger" for Mos Def is whether fickle hip-hop fans remember his musical inclinations.

Five years after the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, "Black on Both Sides," the real "danger" for Mos Def is whether fickle hip-hop fans remember his musical inclinations. Fear not. The Emmy Award-nominated actor/MC's sophomore set is a breathtaking refresher in all things Mos Def. Unafraid to blur genre lines, Mos dabbles in hip-hop, rock, jazz, soul and blues on this stellar set. Tracks like "Zimzallabim" and "Freaky Black Greetings" feature Mos' rock side project, Black Jack Johnson. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native also shines when he goes for more standard hip-hop fare (hypnotic lead single "Sex, Love and Money"). Elsewhere, Mos loosely covers Jay-Z's "The Takeover" with his aptly titled "The Rape Over," a diatribe about the music industry. Other highlights include "Modern Marvel," "Blue Black Jack" and "Sunshine."—RH