By Matt Diehl
Updated November 05, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Black on Both Sides

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Mos Def brags that he makes the ”treacherous look effortless” on ”Know That,” and his solo debut is a tightrope walk across diverse hip-hop styles. He even throws in hardcore punk and a verse of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ”Under The Bridge.” Merging old-school bravado with new-school poetics, the Brooklyn legend spouts incisive Afrocentric reality that takes all sides into account. A-

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