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