It’s been a rough week for Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def. The rapper was detained in Cape Town, South Africa, and it’s taken a toll on his career. With help from his pal, Kanye West, Yasiin announced on Jan. 19 that he’s retiring from the music industry — listen to his lengthy audio message here.
Kanye West, 38, may be gearing up to make a huge comeback in 2016, but his pal and collaborator, Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), is saying goodbye to a career in the music industry. The 42-year-old will be releasing his final album this year, and revealed this news while being detained in South Africa. Oh no!
The rapper is being held by South African officials for allegedly traveling with an invalid passport, and recorded a nearly 11-minute audio message, in which he denies the claims and announces his retirement. The message, which begins with a freestyle rap called “No More Parties In S.A.,” a take on Yeezy’s “No More Parties In L.A.,” was shared by the 38-year-old on his website Jan. 19.
After rapping, Mos Def explained, “I am currently in Cape Town, South Africa and I am being prevented from leaving unjustly, unlawfully and without any logical reason. They’re saying that they want to deport my family. They’re making false claims against me. Some of these government officials, in the press, are making false claims about me saying the document I was traveling with is fictitious, which it’s not.”
Yasiin goes on to defend himself against the “false claims,” saying he’s been “treated like a criminal,” but confirming that he hasn’t been harmed physically and is “grateful” to be with his family during this crazy time. “There’s no reason I should spend any time in a cell,” he adds. “There’s no reason I had to have police come to my house. The state of South Africa has interfered with my ability to move and fulfill my professional obligations.”
Finally, at the end of his message, he reveals the shocking announcement: “I’m 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.” Well, at least we’ll get one more album?! No word yet on when it’ll drop, but we’ll be waiting!
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised that Mos Def is retiring?