Yassin Bey is it okay if I call you Mos Def? I heard your "No More Parties In S.A" freestyle , the message that you are being detained in Cape Town South Africa, and that you are releasing your last album this year and retiring. My heart dropped. I began to think why or how can they stop the Travellin Man ? A man with so much power, intelligence, knowledge, and impact can not be let back into the country where he was born and raised. S/o to your city Brooklyn . I use to stay up at night to watch you on "Def Poetry Jam" and see you rip the stage every time. I remember I wanted to be on that show and be able to share my writing with world. Anyway I'm sure you heard that there's a crisis going on in Flint Michigan and their water is full of chemicals and toxins that are making them ill they can't even bathe, cook with, or drink the water. I wrote an article on "New World Water" because it reminded me of the very situations you talked about on that song back in 1999 and it's 2016 . Black On Both Sides is still one of the greatest albums of all time. I remember thinking that maybe if you were my math teacher, that all the mathematics would make sense. How many times did I watch "Brown Sugar" and vibe out to your performance? You said I got two words for the world "Be Prepared". "Brown Sugar" the song is still beautifully written and you made everyone feel it from the the ceiling to the ground floor. Man you are hip hop. Listening to "Fear Not Of Man" and hearing you say "God is sufficient over plans they prepared". On your new message you said " This is not an expression of fear this is just to make things clear, my intentions were pure in coming here and that's for everything I love or hold dear. Umi's in the building and so is my wife and my children. I've committed no crime why is the state wasting my time. They must be out of their mind. I forgive them that's the spirit of divine. I just want to go where I'm wanted where I'm loved stop fronting. Where I live is my choice. You can not mute my voice". No your voice cannot be muted ever . Your whole life is real, morning, noons and night is real, what you spit and write is real . You reached the world but touched the streets first. Your street- telligence is cherished. Thank you! Stay strong. I pray that everything changes and that you are allowed to leave and live where you choose. No crime, no logical reason, false claims stating that your traveling document a ( World Passport) is fictitious? You said "It’s been accepted here in South Africa on numerous occasions as early as 1996 and as late as 2015. So honestly it doesn't add up why you can't leave. Stay mighty! "Faith is the arrow". Your views, lyrics, and topics you've spoken on carry weight. You linking up with the incredible Talib Kweli will forever be epic. Waiting for the album! You are truly one of the illest world wide!
- Inspired for ever
The Mogul Girl
Remember the song "New World Water" on the 1999 album "Black On Both Sides" by Mos Def ? It probably went over your head but it's time to revisit this song. This track speaks volumes and mutually relates to exactly what's happening today in Flint Michigan, and numerous other cities, states, and countries around the globe. Although the Flint Water Crisis is currently getting attention in 2016 and people are just becoming aware of this issue Flint has been dealing with this problem for years, dating back to 2001 and 2002. We all know that we need water to survive but how can we if the water is being poisoned with harsh chemicals that are leading to illnesses such as lead poisoning, illnesses, cancer, autism, and even death. The Huffington Post shared this very informative article about how this information was withheld and and how this issue was mismanaged by so many important officials . You can read it here . You can go on Instagram for personal updates #FilntWaterCrisis for personal updates of people in Flint. What's happening there is horrible and it needs to be fixed immediately.