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New Mos Def: New York Is Killing Me (Gil Scott-Heron)

New Mos Def: New York Is Killing Me (Gil Scott-Heron)

by Birthplace MagazineMay 24, 2010

Well, we called it. Twice!

When we originally wrote up the single, “New York Is Killing Me” from Gil Scott-Heron, the spoken word artist, poet, writer, singer who many call the Godfather of Rap, we predicted how “remixable” it was, expecting an immediate jumping on by other prolific New York MCs.

Nas was the first to do so, blazing original lyrics over the track in early April. Despite the previous proclamation from creator and producer/remixer Manny Faces that the track was “ripe for a Mos Def verse,” Nas popped the cherry and certainly did the idea justice.

But wait! It appears as if Manny Faces’ hip hop clairvoyance abilities are alive and well, as now the Mighty Mos Def has indeed laced the sparse instrumental with his trademark melodic spitfire. And any Mos Def is good Mos Def, so enjoy!


Download/Listen: Gil Scott Heron ft. Mos Def – New York Is Killing Me



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  • mo steF!
    June 5, 2010 at 3:26 am

    OK…yeah the dr. dont know, but new york was killN me. buncha doctors come around, dey don’t know dat new york is killN me. yea, well, i need to go home n take it slo, down in jaXson, tennessee.Lord have mercy on me(we)…{keep calling me well let’s c yall hearing? just ain’t fuh sing baby strengthening}ffffffewwwffffuu boogieman know…friday night gun fight, sunday style, nations of the planet on a marathon mile. hours up and down on dat nasdaq and dow, diamonds and thorns in the emperors crown, mickey d’s got em all kiln fuh these dudes, u aint got to ask q who got the juice?some read the time, scoot up closer, like the news. remember the seed son, da amsterdam too. white collar lowlifes chilling in the highrise, heavy traffic, cornerview. bedroom, pint size! you welcome! thata b a million dollars! see dat building right there? it aint gon b here tomorrow! see dat mansion right there? just opened up today! they building on something that was here since they traded slaves! POWERFUL LANDMARK N NATIVE GRAVE.(pntsuff) little fish, cash rule everyday!…living ain’t all it’s cracked up2b yea say me need2go home n slow down in jaXson tennessesee. city don’t sleep, all it do is: eat, pass gas, n pick fresh killa out his teeth. new nothing bitch yell, sparkling beats! u make a man fuh dead like a local police, but Ya wont dead me! Godwilln. sean bell, rest in peace. ma me say, save your soul, get out the streets! now, your, crazy, NYC. fly High, get Free! Lord have mercy, have mercy! on me(we) tell dem2 bury my body back home in jaXson tennessee. Need to be back home. born in chicago but i call home tennessee. Lord have mercy on me. need2b back home need2b back home born in chicAGO but iii…(y poreso dijimos: it’s bigger than hip hop!!!) ig, no rant?! ask quest ions. don’t stop, keep going…much love, mo steFinitely! 1. Lordamercy, peace :)

  • BreyKing_SoundCheckLive
    June 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Mos’ trashed this beat!

  • January Fienix
    May 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    LOVE IT! Mighty Mos Def never fails.

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