The great divide between Mos Def then and Yasiin Bey now is all in the message. His last few releases have been him crashing Top 40 records and infiltrating them with the sort of message and resolve found in most revolutionaries. For example, his take on “I Don’t Like” attacks everything he doesn’t stand for, Bank of America, strip club rappers and then some. Doing it in the sort of grumpy old man voice only makes things seem like he’s Da Mayor from Do The Right Thing sitting on a stoop watching the world go by him. It’s a stand, it’s definitely good to hear him craft new music but at times you’re wondering when Yasiin is going to go back to crafting records that easily bridged the gap of “intellectual” and “rapidly accessible”.

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