What do I need to know?
Conspiracy theorists believe a group, The New World Order, Illuminati, etc. (pick your poison) is secretly plotting the take over and ruling of the world. The Mighty Mos Def now more commonly known as Yasiin Bey plays off that idea and points out what some would call proof of such a plot by pontificating on the commodification of H2O. Or more plainly, ‘Water used to be free but now it cost you a fee because its all about getting that cash money!!’
What’s the story?
Mos opens the discussion listing out our various earthly needs for the precious resource and then takes greedy corporations to task for their role in contaminating the water only to turn around and sell the filtered version for profit. It’s a cold, cold world.
Used to be free now it cost you a fee
Cause oil tankers spill they load as they roam cross the sea
Man, you gotta cook with it, bathe and clean with it (That’s right)
When it’s hot, summertime you fiend for it (Let em know)
You gotta put it in the iron you steamin with (That’s right)
It’s what they dress wounds and treat diseases with (Shout it out)
The rich and poor, black and white got need for it (That’s right)
And everybody in the world can agree with this (Let em know)
Consumption promotes health and easiness (That’s right)
Go too long without it on this earth and you leavin it (Shout it out)
Americans wastin it on some leisure shit (Say word?)
And other nations be desperately seekin it (Let em know)
Bacteria washing up on they beaches (Say word?)
Don’t drink the water, son they can’t wash they feet with it (Let em know)
Young babies in perpetual neediness (Say word?)
Epidemics hopppin up off the petri dish (Let em know)
Control centers try to play it all secretive (Say word?)
To avoid public panic and freakiness (Let em know)
There are places where TB is common as TV
Cause foreign-based companies go and get greedy
The type of cats who pollute the whole shore line
Have it purified, sell it for a dollar twenty-five
Is it any good?
Yasiin Bey (still getting used to that one) practically never disappoints on the mic. Happy to say that he comes through again here with two poignant verses filled with bars aimed at you 3rd eye over a Beatnuts track as refreshing as a cool glass of ahh forget it….
Type of knowledge dropped?
Mos is always good for some cultural knowledge. Unfortunately, everything he is speaking on is very common practice today and I can guarantee that regardless when you read this there likely has been some recent oil spill or contamination that everyone will get up in arms about and then quickly forget.
[message_box title=”Additional Details” color=”white”]Artist: Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey
Album: Black on Both Sides
Year Released: 1999