A couple of days ago the A$AP Mob released the third episode of their AWGE DVD series and the legendary Yasiin Bey, who formerly went by the moniker Mos Def made a truly stimulating appearance. For less than one minute, Bey is shown reacting to Tekashi 6ix9ine’s “GUMMO” music video saying “Why is everyone acting like this new? This is a version of the same old shit.” He went on to say, “This is the most depressing shit I’ve ever seen in my life.” Now, the Black Star emcee is placing a repeal on the comment.
Together with the AWGE team, Yasiin released a statement saying his remarks were “taken out of context” and do not mirror his thoughts about Tekashi 6ix9ine’s style. According to the statement, the clips showing Bey were “leaked” and was not unauthorized to be edited into the final version of the AWGE DVD.
“Earlier this week, AWGE released the third installment of their web docuseries AWGE DVD, chronicling behind the scenes moments with ASAP Rocky, the ASAP Mob and AWGE-affiliated artists and friends. Unbeknownst to Yasiin Bey and the AWGE team, an unapproved version of AWGE DVD Vol. 3 was leaked and included a clip of Yasiin Bey that was taken out of context and edited in a way that does not accurately depict him or his opinions. The leaked clip was not included in the final released version of Vol 3 from AWGE and does not reflect Yasiin Bey’s feelings on Tekashi 6ix9ine, his work or otherwise. No further comment will be made at this time.”
With the clip of Bey being less than one minute, there is a great chance editing played a major role into what the masses saw and heard. Especially with the music video being longer than one minute. From the tone of the statement, there may be a chance the “Mathematics” rapper was not seeking to be featured in the AWGE DVD in the first place. So far, 69 has not responded to the leaked commentary and he may not need to at this point. Matters of this nature only reveal how valuable the Hip-Hop lyricist is to the artistry of rap.