Yasiin Bey Announces His Retirement, Raps ‘No More Parties In SA’
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, is setting the record straight and declaring "No More Parties in SA." In a nearly 11-minute message released on Kanye West's website, the rhymer addresses his recent controversy in South Africa.
Rumors spread that the Brooklyn native was detained in South Africa for providing a "world passport" but Bey claims that not only is it valid, but it's been accepted by the country before on numerous occasions.
Bey also kicked off with a freestyle based off of Kanye West's "No More Parties in LA."
"I committed no crime any place / why these police up in my face / why they raiding my place/ why I don't feel safe," he raps in a spoken word fashion. "This is not an expression of fear / this is just to make clear / my intentions are pure in coming here / and that's for everything I love or hold dear."
But the government of South Africa holds a different view.
According to the Associated Press, Bey is being charged with "using a false identity, using an unrecognized travel document and helping his family stay in the country illegal." Bey, who is out on bail, is also scheduled to appear in court on March 8. His family's visas expired in 2014 and were ordered to leave South Africa by Jan. 29.
In the message, Bey continues to say that he just wants to go where "I'm wanted and loved." Afterwards, he calls Earth a country before declaring West as a "real friend."
The rhymer also declared that he's retiring from the music industry "as it's currently assembled today" and also from Hollywood "effective immediately." But he will gift fans with one more album before the end of the year.
At the end he gave a few shoutouts including one to Talib Kweli and Kendrick Lamar. "I see you my dude," he said to K.Dot. Afterwards, he said a prayer and kicked another verse -- the same one he rapped to Kanye West on Dec. 31, 2012 when 'Ye announced that North West was on the way.
Listen to Yasiin Bey's message below.