This cat has been fresh since 1994. He has brought great music with crazy vocal skills to the mic and made other talents step their game up. One of my favorite collabs is with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek to form Blackstar in 1998. Anyways, He is now saying that’s it for music, officially retiring this year. So let’s catch up on what’s been going on in the last several years.
“There are some beautiful places in America. I love Brooklyn. New York City needs to thank Brooklyn every day just for existing. That’s how I feel about it. It was a hard thing to leave home. But I’m glad I did.”
In 2011, He made a big move by changing his name from Mos Def to Yasiin Bey. He stated it was, according to an interview with the musician in GQ, a reaction to, “fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person.”
Just a couple years later, 2013, He took his family and moved out of the states to South Africa to live. In an interview awhile back, he was vague on his reasons for leaving the U.S., but hinted at overall disillusionment with his home country, saying, “For a guy like me, with five or six generations from the same town in America, to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America.” He wasn’t totally willing to throw America under the bus, adding, “There are some beautiful places in America. I love Brooklyn. New York City needs to thank Brooklyn every day just for existing. That’s how I feel about it. It was a hard thing to leave home. But I’m glad I did.”
Bey moved to South Africa on a visitors permit, which he overstayed. The government pretty much caught on and he was forced to cancel a U.S. tour, including a show at the Together Music Festival in Boston in 2014, due to what his camp publicly called “Immigration/legal issues.”
On Thursday, January 14th 2016 at the Cape Town International Airport with his family, Yasiin was arrested and charged with violation of local immigration laws. Six days later, the 20th of January, Yasiin Bey release a 10.5 minute audio recording on Kanye West website, titled A Message From Yasiin Bey:
He is out on bail and is ordered to appear in court on March 8th, 2016, and his family had to leave on the 28th of this month,but just recently got the interim order to stay in SA.
This sucks, why such a huge deal? he just wants to live in peace probably, and yet it is another thing to deal with. He did state there would be a final album this year, so I can’t wait for it, because it’s going to be quite interesting to see what he has to say. Below is a cool track I am feeling, I love how he represents truth and himself, Truism.