Yasiin Bey, the artist formally known as Mos Def shared an audio message via Kanye West’s website Tuesday night (January 19) to speak of his detainment in South Africa amid reports he attempted to travel with a fraudulent passport.
Bey appropriately began his message with a freestyle “No More Parties in S.A.” in which he rhymes about having committed no crimes and being prohibited from leaving South Africa. Although he says he hasn’t been physically harmed, he goes onto say officials have illegally entered is home despite not having given them any reason to do so.
Yet, the most surprising part of Bey’s message is that he announced his retirement from the music industry. The artist that created hip-hop’s gem, 1999’s Black On Both Sides said he will release his fourth album later this year and is saying so long to music and Hollywood.
“I am retiring from the music recording industry as it is currently assembled today, and also from Hollywood, effective immediately. I’m releasing my final album this year, and that’s that.”
Before signing off he acknowledges his lyrical brother in arms Talib Kweli, producer Mad Lib, Kanye West for being a real friend and Kendrick Lamar.
Listen to the full message below.
A message from Yasiin Bey https://t.co/Mf6apCqn2D
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 20, 2016