Late last week, a short video recording of a charged up Yasiin Bey (pun intended) threatening to take all rapper’s lunch money went viral and now the 41-year-old multi-talent is alleging it was all said in jest.
“It was a private opinion made public,” Mos continued. “Without my knowledge or permission or consent.” [Editor’s Note: As if you didn’t think ranting into a recording camera phone wouldn’t make its way onto the Internet.] “I stand by my statement, but at the same time, I’m not trying to arrange some sort of exhibition of that reality, whatever.
Back in 2009, Bey issued an open challenge to rappers to come together and battle it out to defend these same claims—if a rapper wanted to be called the best, they would have the platform to finally prove it. He had proposed the idea to have a full head-to-head battle that would include a battle of the MCs, as well as the DJs and producers.
Unfortunately, his original plan never materialized, but it seems like he hasn’t given up on the idea just yet. With all of these diss tracks floating around lately, rappers have puffing up their chests and talking slick. So it only seems right for Yasiin Bey to reissue this rap battle challenge, because he’s not here for all of these “back and forth corny records.” Bey enlisted Black Thought of The Roots and King Los for his crew and sounds ready to battle whoever is up for the challenge.
King Los immediately responded, admitting that he’s always ready to battle. Lupe Fiasco took to his Facebook to accept the challenge, all while keeping with the current meme response trend.