Because Mos Def Can Say It Better Than I Can Right Now

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Mos Def

Because Mos Def can say it better than I can (all emphases mine) …

The fresh, the author and associates are proud to present
M-Def the Black, fantastic raw
Dynamic, true Ecstatic, ghetto outstanding
Classic active every place, I have
The skill, power, passion, raise your red lantern
Stanzas and anthems based on expansion
A vantage point of the past, present and after
Rapture, master of ceremony, a master craft
Of the masterminds who craft masters
Master and viber from Brooklyn Island
Legendary asylum, Black Star shining
Bedford-Stuyvesant isn’t Strivers
Flatbush blazing like it’s smoke of the prophet
And it’s constant, my mother an artwork
And God is the author, from Flaco to Archer
We right on target, a ready steady responsive
A black light white in the darkness, y’all just
Are fantastic rawness, good morning, yes

You are rocking with the fresh
You are rocking with the fresh
You are rocking with the Def
With the… yes…
Hah, ye-hee-hes
Right now on it alwaaaaays…
So shocking, never stopping
Always keep the beat on popping
Hah, ye-he-he-heees…
Ye-hee-he-hes…
Right now on it alwaaaaays…

Play on Adidas
You know you can’t stop my go
You can’t stop my go
Born to be who I am
(Been born to be who I am)
Bright light from a distant star
(Bright light from a distant star)
Miracles, answered prayers
(Miracles, answered prayers)
Huh, all in together now
You can’t stop my go
I’ve been born to be where I am
A bright light from a distant star
Miracles and answered prayers
You can’t stop my go
I’ve been born to be where I am
Mos light from a distant star
Miracles and answered praaaaaayers…

- Mos Def, excerpt from “Casa Bey”

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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