Album will be a collaboration between Yasiin Bey and a producer.
Formerly known as Mos Def, the legendary artist announced his final album and performances after having been finally granted permission to leave South Africa.
Last week it was announced that Bey–born Dante Terrell Smith–was being allowed to travel out of South Africa for the first time since January, but will not be allowed to return. Bey was held in the country due to his attempt to use a “World Passport,” a document created by the World Service Authority. The WSA is an organization who is pushing for world citizenship, but their document is only accepted as valid in five of the world’s 195 countries. TMZ reported that the artist’s attorney, Shaheid Schrueder, will be working to rectify his ability to return to South Africa.
With the announcement of his ability to travel out of South Africa, Bey also used that opportunity to announce a couple of concert dates for his final performances. The 42-year-old will be performing in two cities spanning four nights. On December 21, he will be at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y., on December 31 until January 2, he will be performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Prior to his final performances, Bey will be releasing what will be his final album, December 99th–a collaborative effort with Ferrari Shepard, who is executively producing the project. The album is set to release exclusively on Tidal, according to Pitchfork. Shepard and Bey have been working on the album for the last year in South Africa while Bey “awaited his departure from the country.”
A couple of months ago, the pair released three songs, “Local Time,” “N.A.W.” and “Seaside Panic Room”–all will be featured on the album. The album has nine tracks and will be out December 9.
- Blade in the Pocket
- Local Time
- Tall Sleeves
- Seaside Panic Room
- Shadow in the Dark
- It Goes
- Special Dedication