In anticipation of celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Talib Kweli and Mos Def (aka Yalin Bey) collaborating as “Black Star to produce one of the most illest Hip Hop albums ever, the self-entitled LP, “Black Star”. In a recent interview with MTV, Kweli recalled an incident in which Diddy took offense to the lyrics of a particular song and confronted Mos about it.
Talib went on to tell how he and Yaslin were at a Lyricist Lounge event in 1997 and Mos Def decided to take the mike a spit a verse from the upcoming Black Star album. Mos did his part of the song “Children’s Story” which had the following lyrics: “He jacked another and another, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder / Sang some R&B over the track for ‘Deep Cover.” Diddy, who happened to be in the audience that night took offense to the song because he felt it was calling him out for the extensive sampling practices at the time.
“It was a Lyricist Lounge event that night, and I think [the Notorious] B.I.G. had just passed away a couple of weeks before,” he recalled. “We were working on the Black Star album and Yasiin jumped up and did a verse for ‘Children’s Story’ and Diddy was in the house…Diddy came through and he came and wanted to talk to me and Mos about [how] he felt a way about the record, about what Mos was saying onstage. Mos told him, ‘It wasn’t directed at you personally. It’s directed at everything that’s going on in the business.’ That was one of the illest conversations that I ever seen.”