TO THE EDITOR:
My name is Yasiin Dante Smith Bey, a.k.a. Mos Def.
I’m responding to the “Wannabe Warhol” article in which the writer claims that he saw me drinking “a Rolling Rock” and “in the mood to record” after “a few drinks.”
For the record, none of that ever happened … and we both know this, Mr. Levine (if that is your name). I don’t drink alcohol, and have never in your company or presence. I spent no more than a very brief moment talking to you, and only after you pleaded with me to do so on more than one occasion where I politely declined.
“Follow your first mind,” my grandmother says.
On top of NOT printing what I DID say, you printed what I DON’T do. You are telling the people a lie, Mr. Levine (if that is your name), and if you’ll lie about something so small, to “add color” to your “piece,” what you have to report about me or any person, place or thing is unreliable to say the least."
peace & good day sir.
PKA MOS DEF
(…written into the ‘Letters and Complaints’ section of this week’s New York Observer, in response to D.M. Levine’s article, “Wannabe Warhol,” printed on January 12, 2010.)