Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Kanye and Jay-Z: thinking about the throne

I like to get to my theory class early.  Like 30 minutes early.  I enjoy sitting in the quiet thinking about what I’m going to say.  Two of my favorite students show up almost as early.  We’ve developed a casual pre-class discussion forum that starts at 7:30 AM.  On wednesday I played them both Kayne & Jay-Z’s “Nigga’s in Paris” and Yasiin Bey’s (AKA Mos Def) version “Niggas in Poorest.”

I’m enjoying Young Guru’s attempt to mediate these two arguments.  Should we watch the throne or beware the throne?

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