Yasiin Bey Suggests Disposable Music Waters Down The Quality Of Hip Hop
The rapper formerly known as Mos Def drops some OG wisdom.
New York, NY – During a recent interview on Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) has expressed its frustration with the lack of quality in today's Hip Hop music, something he attributes to the large amount of content that is put out by the modern-day artists.
Bey admitted that it is difficult to keep up to date with all the new music that was published and put in doubt the quality of the music.
"How are people supposed to focus on their shit if there are 11 million niggas that has new shit every day? I can't listen to all these — I have nothing to do," Bey says in around 41 minutes. "I have things to do. It is not a fucking game. It is not a joke. More than become an adult, you realize that "I am a fucking adult" ... I'm not sitting here ... I'm not listening to all these niggas. Why? I could only listen to the already made niggas whose shit it only gets better with time, and if some of the new niggas to come across [as] to my man J. I. D of Dreamville [Records]. Fire. Give me that.
"But even in the course of a day, for the artists that I like, how much time, if I'm trying to develop myself as a human being, do I have to sit and be entertained?", continued. "And if I'm going to just be sitting there, opening myself up to listen to some shit, what are you doing to me? What I learned at the end of this? What the beauty it expresses? ... That I was making the clown all of my youngsters with their listening selection is sometimes so hard, but I understand because it is there generation. But I be like, 'Yo, put some critical thought into what the fuck is being communicated. What is this young black man talking about?'"
In another part of the interview, Bey explained why it was not necessary that artists like Drake and Kendrick Lamar to sign major label deals early in their careers.
"Did Drake really have to sign an agreement with Young Money?" he said. "I had songs on the radio that was drawing without an agreem