Monday, January 16, 2012

Power of Equality: Yasiin Bey for MLK Day - "Nig_as In Poorest" (Kanye & Jay-Z Remix)

The Artist Formerly Known as "Mos Def," Yasiin Bey has finally taken a long-overdue break from his day job (film actor) to make an undoubtedly triumphant return to his first true love: Hip-Hop. In what appears to be The Soulquarian's premier offering under his newly-adopted guise, Bey proceeds to remix a familiar Top 40 hit. "Niggas In Poorest" is the first in a series of socially-conscious Top 40 Underdog freestyles... and Yasiin Bey drastically flips Kanye & Jay-Z's uncanny "radio single" (2011) on it's head. The weekly series will seemingly re-appropriate some of the year's finest Hip-Hop/Mainstream hits, albeit in thought-provoking, new light.

The formerly lavish tale of over-indulgence has now been morphed into a painfully accurate lament of modern-day society. Of course though, @ it's stereophonic heart, "Niggas In Poorest" is in fact a politically-driven, racially-charged social commentary released just in time for today's holiday: Martin Luther King Day. Mos Def Yasiin Bey is also currently finishing up a number of other projects - Black Star Aretha (mixtape) with Talib Kweli, his own solo offering for new label: G.O.O.D. Music, and a label-wide compilation with Kanye & Rap Friends. With involved parties including: Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Common, Teyana Taylor, D'banj & Don Jazzy, Pusha T, Mr. Hudson, and No I.D.

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