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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Explains Wearing Kente Cloth Wrap Seen In Photos


(AllHipHop News) The Twittersphere had a lot to say this weekend when a picture of Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) wearing what was being described as a “skirt” hit the net. Mail & Guardian reports that Bey addressed the attire recently while in South Africa.

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When the rapper/actor, who now lives in Cape Town, South Africa, was asked “Where’s your skirt from?” Bey responded, “It’s a wrap from Ghana” adding it is “what I’m comfortable in at home.”

Bey moved to Cape Town last May and has stated he plans to remain there. He recently spoke as the keynote speaker at the city’s Music Exchange Conference.

“There are some beautiful places in America. I love Brooklyn. New York City needs to thank Brooklyn every day just for existing,” stated Bey. “That’s how I feel about it. It was a hard thing to leave home. But I’m glad I did.”

The “Umi Says” performer announced his “Time Is Always Now” concert series earlier this year. The year-long event will present new Bey material in several locations throughout the African continent.

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  • InTheNightKitchen

    Are you telling me that, motherfornicators cant tell the difference between African garb and a skirt. Humanity is really getting dumber by the millisecond.

    • johnblacksad

      Thank you!

      Ignorance and bullsh!t at an all time high right about now… smh

      • That ‘chet is still a skirt though……granted I’m not a world traveller, but Yasin gets a pass, like wearing a kilt in Scottland, but ……..

      • Live Well

        The timing is interesting, I must admit.

      • Indeed, no doubt about that!

      • Let people wear whatever they want. Life is short enough and

        we are lucky to be born into today’s day an age. Especially in America where everybody talk about freedom, but calls people gay for being different. Picks on the weaker people or whatever lies in contrast with individual freedom. Just go and have your brains checked. I prefer a world where people can just do themselves. No need to show and prove to others. Let people be happy. There is no reason for people to have coming outs just to entertain the dumb masses hunger for entertaining their perverted thoughts. We only live once so don;t let society take away your freedom!

      • True, but that ‘chet is as suspect as them wild avi’s you be using!

        LOL~N

      • @Real_SirJamie

        All this proves bro is depending on who you are, people will sway their opinion. What Kanye, and A.S.A.P. wear is for fashion and is made personally for them. Sometimes he does wear traditional kilts but that doesn’t stop people from calling him names because of his persona. Mos on the other hand is from Brooklyn and c’mon… its MOS!!! But honestly, that looks like something my mom’s would wear to one of her bishop conferences, And does he have to stand like that?

      • Aw man…why did you have to point out his stance????

        That ‘chet is even more fugged up than the skirt!

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        rocking a kilt in scotland is not a problem but if you arent scottish and are seen rocking a kilt on the streets of any town USA then prepare to be assaulted with jokes and memes.

      • Black Jay

        Know your history…. I’m just saying…. and before you guys start talking a bunch of sh*t. THIS IS A PHOTO OF A RECENT SOCCER TEAM. So that explains the shoe thing homies. But they’re still wearing traditional garb. Maasi Tribe.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Know my history? My G do you see the dudes in this pic with Jordan’s and Chucks? These people aren’t as indigenous as the photo wants us to believe. And I never once said we didn’t wear skirts. I’m just saying.

      • Black Jay

        Bruh…. Look at my post above. I already addressed the shoe thing. My point is Lord Jamar and everyone else runs around talking this “The feminizing of The Black Man” sh*t and they don’t know their culture or history. This photo is of a modern day soccer team. The clothing they’re wearing is Maasi Tribal Garb. It’s still historical.
        It wasn’t a knock at you personally so don’t take it like that. I’m just showing how some dudes are so “local” in their thinking.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        So is this what Mr Epps is wearing? Maasi Tribal or some other form of African garb? If that’s what he’s wearing he could just say that. But if he’s just following trend there’s no shame in that either. Just keep it real.

      • Black Jay

        He already came out and said he was wearing a Maasi Tribal garb. Look it up. See his response to Lord Jamar on twitter.

        The point is he shouldn’t have to come out with media personnel to explain his choice of clothing. If Lord Jamar is as Pro Black as he presents, he should know this. That’s ignorance on his part. Black folks should know it too. But I’ll bet you that most don’t. They can’t see past Itunes or a Rick Ross t shirt.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Why wasn’t he wearing it during the “Juice” days? Or even the Higher Learning” days? I’m not saying he has to answer to ANYONE. He just picked a REALLY CONVENIENT and coincidental time to express his afrocentrism…

      • Black Jay

        So by your theory nobody can gain knowledge of self until birth or while they’re on top of the game? I ain’t dissing you bro but that just sounds ignorant. Why do people convert to Islam when in prison? They weren’t born Muslim so why do they do it? Come on man…. Your theory is kinda busted. Bottom line…. Brothers need to stop trying to be the fashion police. Instead of sh*tting on a brother’s intention, why not do some homework first and educate yourself about some sh*t you might not be up on? If Mos came out of his mouth and said he copped a skirt in the women’s department at Macy’s, go at him. But how brothers gonna get mad at what he’s wearing and they don’t even know what it is? That’s blind hate and that’s kinda f*cked up.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        I’m talking about Omar Epps. Not Yasin. Mos good in my book he’s ALWAYS been solid, and up on his history. People convert to Islam in prison for a few reasons. But the main 2 are FEAR AND PROTECTION. I agree with most of your points.

      • Black Jay

        Respect black man. Good debate.

      • @Real_SirJamie

        I don’t need to look it up I was retweeted by Marlon I know exactly what was said. By the way his exact quote was “The uninformed couldn’t understand my contemporary ode to my Zulu warrior roots. The Maasai, Fante, etc. It’s tribal, study our history..” He didn’t say that he was SPECIFICALLY wearing Maasai garb as you are stating. Zulu garb isn’t black satin either. What Zulu you see with Jeans on under the garb? Can Omar Epps chase down a gazelle? Poison a spear tip? Did he lean the dialect? Oh. He just decided to rock a black satin “Ceremonial Garb” on The View to represent his culture. Ok sir.

      • Black Jay

        Gaining knowledge of self happens at different times for everybody. I shouldn’t have to say that because it should be common sense. Life is a journey. And like it or not, every experience changes you and becomes a piece of who you are. If you ain’t up on something, don’t assume the worst about an individual. Because neither you nor I knows that particular man’s struggles. You don’t know what pushed him to wear the attire. He’s no longer living in America. He relocated to Africa. Don’t you think that May have had a profound change on a person? To give up everything he has known to go back to the motherland? I’m sorry dude. I can’t ride with you on this one. Just like you chose to comb your hair a certain way, he’s chosen a lifestyle that fits him. To be honest, I wish more of our brothers and sisters took it back to the motherland.

      • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

        Don’t even try Black Jay. N@ggas LOVE to not know sh@t. They hid behind bravado to hide the fact that they are ignorant and insecure.

  • johnblacksad

    Ok now…

    I don’t mean to diss… but I hope I don’t see the same ignorant-narrow-minded n!ggaz on that bullsh!t again about what is everything but a skirt… The cloth, the pattern… 100% traditional Ghanaian Ashanti wear… plus dude lives in Africa (i didn’t know) so just let this one be…

    Please spare us your not-well-traveled comments… just please!
    Thanks…

    • johnblacksad

      After doin my homework… it appears the cloth is not Ashanti but Akan instead…
      I stand corrected..

      • As an Ashanti myself. I can clear this up. We Ashanti are the biggest of several Akan tribes. There Are Fante, Kwahu and others who are also tribal Akan. We Akan people are the people who were coming into today’s Ghana after we left the original Kingdom of Ghana which was located in today’s Mali. We named modern Ghana after that, since we gained independence from Britain.

      • johnblacksad

        Peace… each one reach one and teach one!

        one!

      • Power move!

        You & JohnBlacksad are definitely enlightened world travellers.

  • Reblogged this on HUEY mix wit RILEY.

  • Live Well

    This is totally different than a skirt. This shouldn’t even be up for debate.

  • Brindle

    love this cat, but this whole progressive, wear sh!t just to get people talking bout skirts and gay stuff is getting old… Black men need to start acting like black men again… ENUFF OF THIS ENLIGHTENED OPEN MINDED JUNK…

    • Brindle

      BUNCH OF WEIRDOS

    • What is a black man “supposed” to act like? You? Talkin without knowing what youre talkin about, judging people just because? Thats lame, not black.

      • Brindle

        there is no specific “supposed”… you gotta think beyond that and its simple- black men should act like human men, with out making themselves as black men look foolish… don’t complicate it… as far as judging, if you don’t formulate opinions, you serve no purpose to the rest of man kind… don’t be a sheeple… form an opinion/hate on stupidity… don’t go along with things just cause they don’t hurt you… apathy is a sin…

      • First, liking your own comment is weak. Secondly, if you meant “human men” you woulda said that from jump. Third, your second statement contradicts the first. Fourth, formulation opinons from ignorance only makes an ignorant opinion. Fifth, the term “sheeple” is plural so using “a” before it is wrong. I could do this all day, the fact is that Mos is doin him and doing so doesnt make him less black or makes black men look bad in any way. And if you feel it makes you look bad, perhaps you should look at yourself more closely.

      • Brindle

        that paragraph proves you a weirdo two… and I didn’t like my own comment… you all over the place… you one of them cats with low IQ’s but good English so you go around doing dumb weird sh!t and talking bout progressive stuff, so people will acknowledge you know something… its “a sheeple” do to it being slang,… so stop trying to prove you dumb waiting on the queen of england to feed you grammar… and he don’t make me look bad anymore, i got proof i said he looks like a fool… where’s yours…

      • Low IQ huh? I think you have proven which of us is actually smarter.

    • “Yes sir I daresay with all these open minds and enlightened critical thinkings going on the blacks might get to thinking they’re people and deserve rights, ahah ha ha.”

      • Brindle

        this, nor my statement has anything to do with critical thinking… in a hope to be witty, you are stretching

      • you said enough with enlightened open minded junk. I paraphrased and added critical thinking, discovering that addition and ‘coming back’ with it is not making a point in a discussion.

        Whats the expected reply to “Enough with being enlightened?” or “More englightened” ? Are you saying at some point you can have too much enlightenment, that at an upper limit its actually like ‘pretty fuckin terrible, enough already with all this enlightened thinking and the progress it provides mannn!”

        (shit bro i added progress too, make note!)

        Okay sure, maybe you cant speak to EXACTLY what someone might reply, but what in the heck is within the scope of a reply you’d be pleased/content with?

        Just y’know go find some people, say outloud to a group of friends, or coworkers, or random strangers if you live somewhere densely populated, just throw your hands wide and say “Its best we stop being open to new ideas, being enlightened is junk!”
        Whats the next step? Are you serious?

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  • majesticking

    Looks like a skirt to me yet to each his own.

  • John Q. Public

    yea idk about that kilt…
    but that Mos Def/Marvin Gaye mitape on datpiff is the sh*t
    go check it out

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      dam homie im glad you mentioned this, i forgot all about the Yaasin Gaye jawn, bout to download now.

  • Cap Cee

    Whats Lord Jamar gonna say about this?

    • John Q. Public

      hes gunna blame the gay agenda being pushed onto mos def by white rappers

      • Brindle

        when he does, I might agree

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      who cares?

  • Arrie Mental Woodard

    go to Africa and get some culture iggans… this isnt that Kanye, Asap, or Omar Epps skirt… this is traditional african attire worn by african men/warriors.

    • John Q. Public

      true. I didn’t know he lives in Africa now as well.
      that said it would be strange to wear that walkin around NY tho

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        definitely. he cool in S.A but New york, nah! lmao

    • Truth Powell

      Or super hipster trendy political “conscious” rappers.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        lmao… touche!

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  • southside4lyfe

    I wonder if that nigga wearing panties or no panties lmfao no homo ,but I understnd trying to get back to your natural roots but, that don’t mean you have to adopt every tradition that your ancestors did. Also back then they didn’t know wtf pants were. Shit they just discovered the skirt all I’m saying is don’t do everything because someone did it before you so you want to call yourself paying respect …be your own person

    • didnt even say anything about trying to get back to roots, said it was comfortable.

  • pauleyPee

    Sure, wraps/skirts/kilts aren’t socially acceptable in the states, but they’ve been around longer than pants! You would think that we’ve grown up to be mature enough to handle these sorts of things. I guess not.

    • Brindle

      cut out that bull sh!t way of thinking… he need to throw some jeans on…

      • pauleyPee

        What sort of thinking? It’s not really that controversial of an issue.

  • Black Jay

    Can dudes please learn some history? I’m just saying…. And this is some of my peoples in Africa modern day. Check the shoes. So much for the “feminizing” of the American Black Man. What up Lord Jamar!

    • Brindle

      LOL… come on black jay, that fool was born in Brooklyn

      • Black Jay

        Yep. And? How do most people come into “knowledge of self”? A wise MC once said,
        “It ain’t where you’re from it’s where you’re at.”
        He lives in Africa now. Do you know what affected him to leave everything behind in America? No. Neither you nor I knows that.

        Just like prisoners get “knowledge of self” in prison, it can happen at any moment in your life. Don’t be so quick to knock a dude because you don’t understand what his wardrobe represents. That same sh*t is the reason black folks get profiled and discriminated against. If he said he scooped that outfit in the women’s department at Macys, go at him. But if you don’t even know what it is, how can you hate? That’s the reason I can’t get down with Lord Jamar. He name calls and claims to have the wisdom but at the end of the day he doesn’t even know traditional african attire (he made comments about Omar Epps). This dude got straight embarrassed by Omar Epps because he runs around with the “I know more than you” mask on. Omar killed him with a little educational play and he was speechless afterwards.

      • Brindle

        I feel you. It just looks better on the Africans to me… I’m just hoping its part of his attire and not a full change… Yasiin Bey is cool but I’m a Mos Def fan, I don’t want no weirdo stuff on the next album and my favorite artist be making me nervous

      • Black Jay

        You killing me dude…. Lol! Funny as sh*t!

  • i respect yasin’s wrap/skirt whatever you want to call it over wiz or kanye’s.

    this is culture. this is traditional african garb. kanye and wiz are on some european high fashion shit looking like fools and i will not condone it.

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  • media here take this.

  • Guest

    Gay agenda being pushed hard. I don’t care how much you defend this clown 99% of these celebrities are gay for pay!

  • great artist

  • Guest

    Man says it is “what I’m comfortable in at home.” Everybigot loses their minds.

  • looks great on him!

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