Yasiin Bey Is a Big Fan of J.I.D
Now that he's back in the states after having an issue with leaving South Africa, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, sits down with Ebro and Laura Stylez for a new interview about Mayweather vs. McGregor, Donald Trump, and a whole lot more.
At one point in their conversation, Bey starts questioning why some of rap's most brilliant minds, like André 3000 for instance, are stepping away from the music, and whether that has something to do with a growing change within the industry.
"Even Jay, he laid back for three or four years and got into a whole other thing before this 4:44 thing came out. So why is it that all these cats is like, 'Hmm...' What's up with the structure around our culture, which is unique to any other thing that's happening in the world before or since it? Why we not hearing these voices? Why people don't wanna engage the industries like that? It's a very good question."
He goes on to disparage the constant rap beefs popping up on social media before talking about how he doesn't have a lot of time to listen to the rap music that's coming out today. "How are people even supposed to focus on your shit when it's eleventy million niggas that got new shit out every day? I can't listen to all these niggas. I got shit to do," he says at around the 41:10 mark in the video below. "I'm not sitting here... I'm not listening to all these niggas. Why? I could just listen to already made niggas, the shit that gets better with time, and if some new niggas come through, like my man J.I.D from Dreamville. Fire."
That conversation blossoms into a discussion about how Yasiin can't believe how little critical thought rappers put into their rapers nowadays.
To be clear, J.I.D is by far one of the illest lyrical cats to emerge in the last year or so. His latest project, The Never Story, is full of dense verses and head-spinning flows, so it's no wonder a master MC like Yasiin Bey is a fan of the kid.
Yasiin also takes issue with the fact that certain platforms are benefitting from the distribution of music more than the artists who make the music. Watch the entire fascinating interview below.
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