Is Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) Taking Shots at The Throne on New Track & Video?

Is Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) throwing shots at The Throne or is he raising awareness to the ongoing economical problems that plague our society as a whole?

It sounds like a little bit of both on Bey’s, “Niggas in Poorest” track, in which he flips Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hit, “Niggas in Paris.”

“Poor so hard, clean clothes look grimy, pretty women don’t mind me/So what’s fifty grand to a young nigga like me? More than my annual salary,” Bey raps, flipping Hov’s lines. “Ball so hard, this shit crazy, fought my side, the whole world hate me/Nervous stares hit the third affairs, Savannahs can of police tracing.”

Later, on the same record, he raps:

“These young bloods is looking scary at the mall, they wearing pants, you can still see they drawers/They rob a nigga in the bathroom stall, they took his life cause he ain’t want to take it off/Singing, ball so hard, that shit cray, ain’t it, Bey? Diabetics, fish filet/Ball so hard, your hustle cold, nigga it ain’t spring/Every winter and I ‘em with my heat again.”

Bey wraps up his third verse and the track itself by repeating, “Don’t get caught up in no Throne” 12 times.

Bey released the song in January and dropped the video earlier this week on Tuesday (February 21) to commemorate the death anniversary of Malcolm X.

The “Niggas In Poorest” video also features a clip from the late Malcolm X.  The activist states, “I don’t worry, I tell you.  I am a man who believed that I died 20 years ago.  And I live like a man who is dead already.“ X goes on to say, “I have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything.”

The Huffington Post reports that “Niggas In Poorest” is off of his latest project series, Top 40 Underdog.

Although Bey has ties to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label, it hasn’t stopped him from calling out ’Ye’s big bro, Hov, before.

It was less than three years ago that Mos called out Jigga, questioning his “Greatest Rapper Alive’ title and repeatedly challenging him to an rap battle. He also challenged Lil Wayne.

In 2011, Mos began a multiple-episode appearance on the Showtime series, Dexter.Chanel Clark

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  • hippaToDaHoppa

    C’mon guys, the lyrics are in the video… It says “Poor so hard”

  • Donte

    Does it mater wasnt he going at diddy his remake of childern story on the black star album and then he was on the stage with diddy when jay electronica was performing exhibit c lol( but of course he aint suppose to hold grudges forever) , and he cool with kanye thought he was signed to good music still could be a diss though who knows…mos just speaking his mind like he always does

  • dumb

    lol are u fuckin dumb????? xxl thirsty as hell for a story….u think mos def is gonna be cool w/ kanye for 7+ years and just now start taking issues with the shit he raps about? hes signed to his label…stop

  • Louietrax

    No matter what, my boi yasiin is talking bout the real in the streets, good stuff @Louietrax

  • IROC

    Yesiin Bey is one of a few artist to spit knowledge and one of a few who is not throwing out these santanic type crap ! No diss to Jay Z and Kanye its just a bunch of strange shit going on with Kanye in women clothes devil symbols on his t shirt ,Jay Z appear to be toying with santanic type freemason crap .

  • cali_Konconscious

    Its about time a true artist came out and responded to jay z and Kanye’s American illusion. Hip hop started in the hood.

    thanks Yesiin Bey, Rally the troops!!!

  • whooooo

    lol at that pootie tang……..that scene had me rflmao back in the day……..

  • RJ II

    For Mos/Bey its bigger than hip hop beef. He is talking about REAL conditions and how the entertainment industry (hip hop included) appears to be oblivious to extreme amount of poverty in America.

  • James

    That was much needed.

    Thank you Yasiin.

    He wasn’t dissing Jay and Kayne. XXL, C’mon Son!

  • LT

    Ya’ll need to get the lyrics right. “Surveillance camerals” Not Savannah cans. “Ya house so cold” not your hustle cold.

    The lyrics are in the video….

  • seej

    This is a terrible article. You have the video, with lyrics written out word for word, in your article. How in the world do you improperly quote the song you are writing about?

    You write,

    “Diabetics, fish filet/Ball so hard, your hustle cold, nigga it ain’t spring/Every winter and I ‘em with my heat again.”??

    That is not even remotely similar to the actual lyrics.

    Proof read, or at least watch the 3 minute video you post before giving it to the public.. Ridiculous.