I wish the title of this post was slightly misleading for shock value but unfortunately it’s not.
I love Mos Def and everything he represents but I can’t endorse these statements he made on Hot 97.
Maybe it’s the timing that i couldn’t agree with.
Jay had just made an appearance on Angie’s show the day before. The day before that, Jay shut it down at Summer Jam, performing his new joint Death of Autotune which premiered on Hot 97 that Friday.
And on top of all that, Mos’ album was dropping the same day he was in the studio.
Now I know my Blackstar loving homies are going to hate me for this but, I think Mos Def is sipping the haterade. Just a little bit.
For the record, I don’t put Mos in the same category as a lot of the other cats that throw rocks at the throne, but there is definitely an element of hate involved.
Mos does a good job of disguising the hate as sticking up for rap legends like Slick Rick and Rakim, saying that it’s disrespectful for Jay to call himself the greatest while they are still alive and well.
What? To use a basketball analogy, Bill Russell is doing fine but Michael Jordan is still considered the G.O.A.T.
And if Jay isn’t the greatest, who is? Mos was quick to point it out that sales shouldn’t be the sole factor in determining the who is the greatest. He is correct.
So is he saying that Jay doesn’t have flow? Or is he saying that because of his success he should be automatically disqualified?
Or maybe it’s because he raps about money and cars. Should that disqualify you?
I mean, it’s not like he didn’t let it be known on Reasonable Doubt back in 1996 what he was about. He’s a hustler. That’s his persona. That’s who he is. He’s honest about it.
There are all types of different positions in hip hop. You’ve got your hustlers, your gangsters, your rappers with socially conscious tones and so on. And the end of the day, the question has to be which rapper communicates their message the best.
As far as the proposed battle in New Orleans goes, it’s not a bad idea. But much like everyone else, Mos Def knows it will never happen with Jay.
Besides, Jay can’t prove anything in one day that he hasn’t proved over the course of a 13 year career.