Young Guru talks “Ni**as in Paris” vs. “Ni**as in Poorest”

Hands down, there has been plenty of discussion surround Yasiin Bey's "Ni**as in Poorest" and its relation to The Throne's "Ni**as in Paris." Ever since its release, the hip-hop world and beyond has been debating on whether the artist formerly knows as Mos Def has aimed shots at Jay-Z and Kanye West or not. Respected producer and Jay's longtime engineer Young Guru has taken a few minutes after his birthday celebration to share his view on the whole situation. Definitely some good points being made.

Source: Rap Radar

By: Petar Kujundzic / Interviews / February 28, 2012 / 5098 Views
  • Chip

    formerly known as mos def* 

  • Adam

    This is what I am telling watch the throne haters. It's not an album. Its a motivational tool for myself and others that are aspiring...

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  • Robbie Beveridge-Pearson

    Well, it is an album. By every definition. If you see it as a motivational tool that's an interpretation. I personally think N****s in Poorest holds a lot more weight apart from the last line. As for your "aspiring", which assumes you're looking up to something as a role model, surely Yasiin Bey is the better role model. Just saying. If people with Jay and Kanye's influence spent less time talking about themselves and how good they've made it rather than talking about shit that's actually real, current and relevant to millions across the world - it might light a fire under peoples ass. Then again maybe they can't, when $50k don't mean shit I guess it's pretty hard to write something the masses will empathise with. So go ahead, make it for yourself, the world needs more people obsessed with their own legacy.

  • Anonymous

    i agree with a lot of what you're saying. people "aspiring" to be artists typically just means that they're imitating them. "the world needs more people obsessed with their own legacy" is easily the most insightful, real talk sentence i've ever seen on this website. as my man zack wicks once said, "we're linked to a system that keeps us lower where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer." rap, or poetry, should be about writing what you know, and although the world that they describe on Watch The Throne may be their honest reality jay and ye should've been more aware of how their words would be interpreted as well as considering that their words could alienate some of their OG fans. remember when kanye said "always said if i rapped that i'd say something significant but now i'm rapping bout money hoes and rims again." 

    also, the word meme is defined as:

    An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation.
    An image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.don't be a meme of a meme of a meme's meme.good looking robbie

  • Anonymous

    revisiting the college dropout, i'd rather be the smartest dead guy than the richest dead guy.

  • Jarreau206

    This nigga is trying to drop knowledge.

  • Myke Bulley

    I have no comment on Yasiin / 'Ye & Jay - but I think the album did speak about social issues, race in america and touched on plenty of other topics. However, these are the two biggest rappers/entertainers of our generation and expecting them to make an album completely dedicated to those kind of topics is unrealistic. 

  • On_My_Deen

    The last line made sense to me because i am Muslim. Allah is in control is the hardest line. If you replace Allah and say God is in control it wholes more weight for you and in your heart. 

  • Anonymous

    why? marvin gaye and curtis mayfield did and they were two of the biggest entertainers of their generation.

  • Freddy Hearsecury

     Oh Shit Son schooled you Bulley

  • Jappyj

    you obviously don't know who young guru is.....smh.

  • Hammad Mirza

    Guru didn't have to do this, but he did, in my opinion he is sitting on the fence here but that is besides the point as he has equally weighted jay, ye and def. In a way it is good that hes done this, as he's giving knowledge to people who maybe didn't understand the concept of what Def was trying to do. Knowledge is Power. Peace.

  • Joshua

    Yeah He obviously don't............. smh

  • Abdi

    long live yasiin. the peoples champ. antiglory. all human.

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  • Michael Cadet

    to true man... let them live... ppl have to ask themselves wtf am I doing to better mankind...
    not look to others...

  • Chuck Woolery

    Concious Rappers will never go platinum...why because the world and all races, are influenced by partying, sex, money, drugs, and bullshit, why? because it relates to them, the youth does not care, and they are influenced by trends and what's "cool" what's hot, the Commons and Yasiins won't make a penny because it does'nt sell or appeal to 1. White america or White Europe, or 2. Younger generations that just don't give a fuck and want to party and live wild. The masses want to just have a good time and not worry about their problems, so they listen and invest in things that help them not worry and is an escape. Concious music is just as well called religious music, and nobody wants to be preached too. Sorry Yasiin but this is Babylon. 

  • Jamila Wallace

    Sad truth.

  • Anonymous

    W.E.B. DuBois would disagree with you:

    "The negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men."

    go ahead, read something:

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