Yasiin Bey Dices Up a Beat on Sensei on the Block (Audio)
With all of the recent news of Yasiin Bey making headlines, the Brooklyn MC’s return to music was a topic of conversation for many, and with the release of a video for “Basquiat Ghostwriter” earlier this week, it seemed his return was inevitable. Now he’s back with more new work, this time in the form of a Ski Beatz-produced track called “Sensei on the Block.” Released as a Mos Def song, it is a reunion of sorts for the rapper and producer duo, who previously worked together on “Cream of the Planet,” a single from Ski Beatz’s 2010 album 24 Hour Karate School. With two new songs released in one month under different stage names, the enigma and ever-evolving entity that is Mos Def/Yasiin Bey continues to surprise and inspire, but one constant has remained – both are undeniably Hip-Hop. Mos Def is certainly repping his old, familiar sound on this latest release, and his Bed Stuy shout-out adds a bit of throwback familiarity to Heads who have been following him since his earliest records.
While official word on any forthcoming album hasn’t begun to circulate, Mos Def has nonetheless been busy lately, venturing into the world of stand-up comedy, putting forth a challenge to other rappers (which was allegedly leaked without his consent), and putting forth music as Yasiin Bey. Check out “Sensei on the Block,” and head over to iTunes to download it.