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Yasiin Bey, better known by his former stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, comedian, and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. more »


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featuring Mos Def Mr. Man 
The highest caliber make it a night to remember like Shalamar 
Then escape to Havana with a ? do what I gotta 
Planes get shot down in Cuban air space over the water 
I got insight it's a clear case of reading your aura 
Man what you got for us as my Black men stand in line like a chorus 
Makin' these MC's our sons like Horus 
I'm always taking shots like a Japanese tourist, get the picture? 
Flyer than Keyser Soze and no exposure 

Mos Def: 
I'm sippin wishing well water imported from Pluto 
That's why my eyes is glassy, so ain't got to ask me 
The interplanetary Illuminati move your body 
I trekked the stars first, so f*ck Kirk and Scotty 
I threw basement parties on the Mothership 
Now I'm on planet Earth on some other shit 
Many 'habitants of this world be strivin and strugglin 
Tryin to eat food and keep the rights to they publishing, huh 
Ghetto red hot, man that shit is like bubblin 
Can't get no peace cause the Beast keep troubling 
Youth, they oppose and the blows they be doubling 
Nike heads is trife and the shots, they be thundering 
Ways and customs don't make any sense 
They be givin me stress and they test my maintenance 
Use the sand and the Ummah as my sustenance 
No, this style will never lack, melanin's my evidence 

Mr. Man: 
In order to effective, with your words you must be selective 
Cause showin and provin is the Prime Directive 
Movin those who are outdated with vernaculated thought, so 
Every time I take a turn MC's take a loss 
My point across, I gotta get to where I want to be 
As the wickedest public speaker since '73 
Or '74, which was the year I first touched ground 
As the physical manifestation of sight and sound 
So gather 'round, to hear the profound brown vomiter 
Absorb the sonic energy manifestin through your monitor 
The livin proof, I make the truth sound clear 
Mr. Man, in nine ether represent right here, check it out 

Chorus (2X): 
This once in a lifetime like a Halley's comet 
Yo, we bring it to Medina like the prophet Mohammed 

Mos Def and Mr Man: 
Peace be upon he, and, we MC's 
Speak the fortified live exhibit level degree 

Yo, what's wrong with this picture? (picture) Don't it seem bugged 
MC's is high on they supply, sounds like they takin drugs 
y'all trippin like mescalin and killin the feeling like penicillin 
Switchin' to Lionel Rich' and dancin on the ceilin 
Go ahead and be a heroin(e), your own mind 
F*ck your internet, coke is it when you on line 
Smokin dirty weed, ignorin the medicinal herbals 
So we in your ass like you was Richard Gere and we was gerbils 
You get stepped on like crack vials by ghetto children, plus 
Swept under the rug, we turnin niggas into dust 
You done came out of the earth (earth), what your life worth? 
When you get left with what you had on the day of your birth 

Mr. Man: 
Ha...Yo, it's the super scientifical, high-powered prolifical 
Lyrically a miracle, mentally I'm physical 
Massively encryptical, verbally invincible 
These kids want to battle but the material's pitiful 
The only original, wicked individual 
Whenever I rhyme, I break it down into syllables 
Simply because it's coming straight out of Brooklyn 
It sounds so out of sight I got the blind people lookin 
It's Mr. Man the act, boy what? You get stolen 
I'll cut your ass in half and leave you with a semicolon 

We cold-crushin MC's that's gold-rushin for the cheese 
They see a flash in the pan waitin for royalties 

Mos Def: 
But kings and queens get overthrown when they grab the microphone 
Shootin videos in homes that they know they'll never own 
I guess they cannot work alone, they forever with crew 
L sparking, steady barking bout the wildness they do 
Posin in photographs shot at complimentary angles 
Be playin Mr. Tuffy when they feminine like bangles 
Practices is fraudulent, fallacies record to tape 
Step in my zone, your spot'll get blown like Watergate 

Mr. Man: 
Wait, my blastin rate is past a state of rappers who procrastinate 
Mr. Man is great, so every time I rhyme, I fascinate 
Masses hate to have to wait for me to unload 
So I flip into my mode of rhyme, long like a road 
See, I drop the greats like clumsy waiters drop plates 
I got rhymes by the crates to erase the duplicates 
Cause, I blow wack rappers out like afros 
My shit is so phat it be stretchin my asshole 
But huh, that's not the point because I'm better than most 
I make MC's Wonder like bread but then, bread gets toast 
It's like that, Mr. Man, Mos Def, and Kweli 
represent for every single real MC, you don't stop 
(Yo, yo, yo, this is the mighty Mos Def) 

Chorus (2X)

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