Mos Def Disses Jay-Z’s Barclays Center + SNL Ratings Slip With Justin Bieber Hosting

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Last September, music fans and New Yorkers were thrilled when they learned rapper/music mogul Jay-Z (real name Sean Carter) was involved in the opening of the Barclays Center. The $4.9 billion dollar, 675,000 square foot space opened, came with it’s share of celebrity and entertainment bells and whistles–Jay-Z took to the stage, performing eight shows, while A-list’ers like his wife (Beyonce) and other celebs like Rolling Stones and Coldplay performed. Lady Gaga and Mrs. Carter will perform later this year.

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And while people are still applauding it’s opening, some are not 100% sure that the development was a good idea…Who?  Yassin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def. The 39-year-old rapper/actor recently did an interview with Vulture Magazine and talked about his anti-Barclays poem, ‘,’ his feelings about Jay-Z and what he wants from the NBA.  Peep the excerpts below.

On why he wrote the poem: 

I have been what some people might call an opponent to the stadium.  I was concerned about what the stadium’s presence in the community might do. I was concerned.

Why the poem was published: 

I didn’t want it to be misconstrued as some sort personal attack on Jay. If I can’t have an opinion, who can? So to quote Jay: “I’m bigging up my borough. I’m big enough to do it.”

His concern about the Barclays Center:

I was on DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush, probably two months ago, and at the intersection I saw these not-quite-so-young men, in standing traffic, trying to sell bootleg Rolling Stones T-shirts. I thought, “This is the trickle-down economic effect of Barclays in the neighborhood?” I didn’t think of it as a positive.

His feelings about Jay-Z

I respect Jay. I have great respect for him. I’m a fan. I’m not a fan of everything [he does] but I don’t think you have to be a fan of everything that someone does to have respect for them.

What he wants to change: 

I would love for Barclays and the NBA and whoever else to prove me wrong, by engaging in the community, not just on some [surface] level for the photo op. But to really be concerned with enriching the lives of people in that community.


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And in other news, 18-year-old Justin Bieber took his talents and sense of humor to SNL.The Biebs sang black history facts while passing out red roses during the opening monologue, a parody of Bravo’s housewives titled, ‘The Real Houseplants of Beverly Hills’ and apologized for his weed smoking scandal during ‘The Miley Cyrus Show’ sketch. While Bieber has a huge fan-base, perhaps they were all sleep, when SNL aired. The ratings slipped 4% from the previous week with host Adam Levine. Anywho, check out one of his skits below, with Miley Cyrus.

[Vulture, HuffPo, Deadline]


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