Jumbotrons for astronauts, high in orbit off planet rock

from Yasiin Bey – Niggas In Poorest Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Essentially those who do great in life, such as astronauts, get a lot of attention. A lot of these persons however are distant, quite literally in the case of astronauts, from the issues of the world and also culture. Also a reference to Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa, which was very important to the development of Hip-Hop and its culture. Bambaataa referred to earth as “our rock”.

But what would a Mos Def line be if it weren’t political?! He’s also talking about being high off crack cocaine, which is marketed largely to poor blacks. Also, the crime sentences for crack cocaine possession vs. powder cocaine possession are much worse.

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