Mos Def 'N--gas in Poorest'The artist former known as Mos Def is back at it again.

Yesterday, I watched the Mighty Mos Def’s Yasiin Bey’s video ‘N–gas in Poorest’ and found myself nodding my head in agreement. Bey remixes his buddies’ Kanye West and Jay-Z’s hit, “N–gas in Paris” and adds his own more conscious, thought-provoking tone.

The video uses clips of Malcolm X speaking and implores hip hop heads to take a look at the hypocrisy within the culture. While many of its fans are poor and struggling, many of hip hop’s stars celebrates hyper-materialism. In the song, Yasiin also takes on issues such as drug use, health care, and diet.

While this isn’t the first time Yasiin has remixed a popular song to send a much-needed message (he flipped Jay-Z’s ‘The Takeover’ and called it ‘The Rape Over’), it’ll be interesting to see how his hip hop brethren respond to this one.

But as I posted on my Facebook page yesterday, Mos be making a sista want to start a riot.

Listen to Yassiin Bey’s ‘N–gas in Poorest’ and let us know what you think! 

  • shug avery

    you can always count on this brotha to be….what is the word…real.

  • MySister’sKeeper

    I love it. Now if I can only remember to stop calling him Mos Def.

  • bk chick

    yes…I dunno about the name change but he is spitting the truth..too bad he’ll only be preaching to the choir with this one…people who don’t mind the materialism won’t care

  • Bisous

    I have the HUGEST crush on him even though he’s like three decades older than me… this video isn’t helping lol. Great message though. WTT didnt do it at all for me.

  • Pe.Riche.

    Me too!!! And every time I see his character in Brown Sugar, I fall in love all over again! LOL!

  • Dalili

    Oh this man, be still my heart!! **Back to the point** love the clip! LOL!

  • full moon

    Thanks Britni D. for posting this! This is a must hear and see (so I borrowed it fro your facebook and posted it on mine). The TRUTH will be televised lol

  • Ms. Information

    So much good in this…

  • Perverted Alchemist

    “I have the HUGEST crush on him even though he’s like three decades older than me…”

    How old are you exactly, Bisous? LMAO!!!! He’s not THAT old- Mos and myself are around the same age. If I’m not mistaken, he’s 38 years old.

    “Great message though. WTT didnt do it at all for me.”

    Yeah, “Watch The Throne” was one of those albums that sounded good- on paper!!!

  • Bisous

    @PA Oh! I thought he was in his 40s I didnt mean to age him.

  • Gigi Young

    Good intentions, but he’s not going to get anything more than the choir co-signing his message and others getting defense about their love for materialistic and/or shoot-em-up rap.

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  • lexdiamonz

    sadly on 5% of us KNOW the truth… keep preaching my brother one day THEY will understand…

  • lexdiamonz

    sorry i meant *only* the “Illuminati” jumped into my keyboard …. LOL

  • trev

    This was really needed and was DOPE!!!!!!!!!!! he touch on everything that needed to be spoke upon. NICE!!!!!!!!

  • Shar Qaan

    Posting from the E.R. (3rd degree burns from melted headphones)

  • Ubuntu

    Love me some MOS DEF!!

    His message is 99% correct other then the last line JESUS IS IN CONTROL!

  • me

    allah? when did he turn muslim? interesting.

    I’m repping for Jesus though.

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