Yasiin Bey Talks Cape Town Life, Wearing Ghanian Clothing

Brooklyn hip-hop legend Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, took his talents to Cape Town last May, and now plans to make it his new home.

The soulful lyricist told Mail&Guardian last Friday (March 7) that he prefers the natural ambiance over the concrete jungle in his native NYC.

“Last year May, I came [to Cape Town] and I said I’m not leaving. I’m staying,” he said. “It’s a beautiful place. It has the ocean, mountain, botanical gardens and beautiful people. I’m not here for middle class comfort.”

This isn’t the first time the 40-year-old rapper took an interest in South Africa. He was first mesmerized by the location during a previous trip several years ago.

“I came to Cape Town in 2009 and I was like, ‘Yeah’. I know when the good vibe gets to you,” he recalled. “I thought about this place every day when I left. People were like, ‘You’re crazy. It’s light years away. They’re crazy. They’re going to eat you. You shouldn’t go there. I said, ‘I’m going’.”

The underground phenom also explained his ethnic switch in wardrom that grabbed a hold of characters on Twitter this past week. Read the full interview here.