Used to speak the King's En-g-lish
But caught a rash on my lips
So now my chat just like dis

from Yasiin Bey – Hip Hop Lyrics on Rap Genius


Another collision of opposites: the King’s English and black patois. Mos professes fluency in both, a nice metaphor for his style of intellectual hip-hop, which marries sophisticated references and language games to street culture.

Speaking the King’s English: harder than it looks

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