Trust me I get the message Mos Def is trying to send (and yes I know that’s not his name anymore), in fact I think it couldn’t be clearer. But ultimately I can’t take this seriously, perhaps I am too dependent on the fancy use of symbolism, anecdotes and the artistic structure of rap. This however sounds too thrown together, and almost under worked. In contrast, Niggas in Paris is a joke to many people who will never make that much money in their lifetime. I just somehow, watch this and don’t feel moved. Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Common, and more have said the same type of thing in their music… but with a different format. Not to say that I don’t believe he isn’t passionate about this, however it didn’t come off as a serious counter, that is audible and can be played in the car, or on my ipod. It was more of a satire, but there can be a satire involved without the music lacking quality. Of course I believe I am in the minority, when it comes to this viewpoint, I am willing to accept that. Mos Def is one of my favorite artists, this just isn’t my favorite project. I will say the visual helped, and the Malcolm X soundbite didn’t hurt either. Overall I can agree in the sentiment “Don’t Get Caught Up In The Throne”.