Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Has Concerns About The Barclays Center


| February 12, 2013 - 4:28 pm

The Barclays Center has been the talk of the town since Jay-Z christened it with eight shows back in September. Despite the buzz its been receiving, everyone isn’t happy to see the new stadium.

In fact, some folks have been speaking out against it for years before it even had an official name. Brooklyn native Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) is the latest to voice his economic concerns regarding the arena, in a poem called “On.center.stadium.status.”

During an interview with New York Magazine’s Vulture, Bey detailed his opposition stating: “I was on DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush, probably two months ago, and at the intersection I saw these not-quite-so-young men, in standing traffic, trying to sell bootleg Rolling Stones T-shirts. [Laughs] I thought, ‘This is the trickle-down economic effect of Barclays in the neighborhood?’ I didn’t think of it as a positive.”

Bey made it very clear that he’s not bashing the stadium, but would like for the big-wigs behind it to “really be concerned with enriching the lives of people in that community.”