Did Yasiin Bey slam Jay-Z the Barclays Center? He Mos Def-initely did!

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Here's a rather odd -- or fun, depending on who you ask -- story.

Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, slammed the Barclays Center and fellow artist Jay-Z on the construction of the stadium, as he sat down on the night of its opening and penned the poem "On center.stadium.status." It wasn't released, however, until now.

The poem reads:

Modzilla The spine winder
crooked
Face
Coliseum
Convenient future
Army base
They arrive in they best
Then it get worse
Dull scissors
Soft ribbon
Artery burst

Clear:

It’s simpler to kill
A stranger
Than it is
To slay
A
Neighbor
DECREE!
HAIL THE NO NATION BEAST!!
whose shadow alone
buries homes
And swallows streets
Pass gas then
Pick its teeth
(ssssuuuucckkkk)
downwind
Topple the trees
Flat earth
Unavailable light
Bright screens
Zeroes on
Zeroes and zeroes
Round screams

What did Brutus tell Ceasar as he aired him out?
"Lord it’s Hell in that crowd"
Stadium

Dig a grave
& build on top
digagrave
& build
On top
Emptyempty
FILL UP!!
Dig a grave
& thrill on
Top
digagrave
& kill on
Top
On center.

STADIUM.STATUS.
stadium.
Status.

Bey, not to be confused with Jay-Z's wife Beyonce who is sometimes referred to as 'Bey,' was hesitant to release the poem -- penned last September -- until now, stating that he didn't want it to come off as an attack piece on Jay-Z.

The issue, or beef, if you will, had to do with the loss of homes and local business that were "swallowed" up in order to make room for the Barclays Center. It's a legitimate beef, one shared by many who lived in the area, but you have to wonder; why now?

It's not as if this move hadn't been years in the making. They didn't decide to move the Nets to Brooklyn on a Sunday and then have the official stadium opening that following Monday. Barclays, as they say, wasn't built in a day.

Bey did note that he didn't want to take away from Jay-Z's "victory lap," but, again, he's a tad bit late to the party. Some had been fighting against this development since 2003.

At any rate, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, and there's plenty of reason and validity to Bey's poem, depending on who you ask, of course, but the stadium is built, the Nets are in Brooklyn, and here we are.

Maybe the more productive conversation could be had in a non-slam-battle-y kind of way, no? Or maybe it should have been had some years back, before the night of the stadium's grand opening.

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