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Yasiin Bey Keeps It Real With ‘Poorest’

I would be lying if I sat up here and tried to deny that Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni--as In Paris" isn't my jam, because it totally is. But I like the track for the beat and music, not necessarily for the lyrical content, which I cannot relate to. I mean I'm still trying to figure out who or what the hell a Margiela is. However, what I can relate to is Mos Def Yasiin Bey's clever spin on the song with his version, "Ni--as In Poorest." Bey delivers the real on wax and now in the video, which dropped this week. He raps into a rather unique mic with photos illustrating his lyrics flashing on the screen. Watching this no-budget affair was more enjoyable than viewing The Throne's big-budget bust. [H/T: OKP]


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  • Eddie

    I don't think most people really see the true beauty of "Niggas In Paris." The beat has a very mischievous quality to it. It fits the concept of the song perfectly. Its like something very disburbing (to White America) is in the midst of happening. It's like its not supposed to be like this. Two black dudes, one from Marcy Projects, & the other from lower middle class Chicago are "invading" Paris. That from "nothing" to "something" storyline is really what the song is rooted in.
    That being said, Mos killed this shit!

  • Bev

    This song is too real! Way better than N*ggas in Paris, it actually has meaning behind it.



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