Yasiin Bey Premieres New Music In An Intimate 15-Minute Set (Video)

Yasiin Bey is reportedly said to be hanging up his red microphone soon. The Brooklyn, New Yorker formerly known as Mos Def has vowed that he is soon taking a hiatus from albums and performing. As there are an estimated three LPs set to release in the near future, the Black Star co-founder is currently making his rounds in the United States.

Bey appeared in Miami, Florida’s Art Basel for a Boiler Room event this past weekend. Sharing the microphone with Saul Williams (whose MC’d the “In Appreciation Of Lyricism” event), Yasiin hits the stage at 5 hours and 20 minutes of the more than six-hour event. There, he performs a handful of songs, and not the ones that Heads may have been expecting to hear. Still, the actor, poet, and comedian shows that he is versed in entertaining. He unveiled some new music. “No more love songs after this. No more hate songs either,” says Yasiin—between performing “Grey Gardens,” twice in the intimate backyard setting. He then performs, acapella, “No Time To Pretend.” This one hits hard, about the violence of the streets—delivered like a repetitive poem. Fans of those cutting Mos Def verses will want to listen close. He performs one more over the same Charmels beat RZA sampled for Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” and exits the stage.

Yasiin Bey Has Announced a New Album & It’s Arriving Really Soon

December 99th will release this Friday (December 9).