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Chance the Rapper, Lauryn Hill, Yasiin Bey to Perform at Dave Chappelle’s Radio City Residency

Dave Chappelle is getting ready for another run of shows at Radio City Music Hall this August, and has added three new shows to push…
Brian Josephs / June 28, 2017

Yasiin Bey Returns to New York, Says Goodbye to Hip-Hop in Farewell Apollo Theater Show

Yasiin Bey, formerly and most commonly known as Mos Def, came up in the late-’90s with the anti-mainstream task force known as Rawkus Records. Bey’s skill…
Brian Josephs / December 22, 2016

New Music: Stream Yasiin Bey’s December 99th Album

Today, Yasiin Bey (f.k.a. Mos Def) is scheduled to perform at Harlem's Apollo Theater for the first in his string of farewell shows. It's also…
Brian Josephs / December 21, 2016

Yasiin Bey Announces Two New Albums Before Retirement, Unveils Tame Impala and Mannie Fresh Collaborations

Earlier this year, on a pre-Life of Pablo audio statement posted on Kanye West's website, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) announced his impending retirement from…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 5, 2016

Yasiin Bey Announces New Album December 99th

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, is closing out the year with a new album. December 99th is scheduled to drop on December 9. The…
Brian Josephs / November 28, 2016

Yasiin Bey Is Allowed to Leave South Africa After Apologizing for Violating Immigration Law [UPDATE]

Update: After clearing up his legal situation in South Africa, Yasiin Bey has announced his final U.S. shows before he intends to retire from music. The…
Brian Josephs / November 22, 2016

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Mos Def Arrested in South Africa for Traveling With Fake Passport

Update: Yasiin Bey just dropped a freestyle called "No More Parties in S.A." about his arrest, with a message afterwards. "They're saying they want to deport my…
Brennan Carley / January 15, 2016

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Says ‘F**k Off ISIS,’ Releases New Song, ‘NO Colonial Fiction’

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has released a new song following Friday night's attacks in Paris. Set to appear on the rapper/actor/activist/comedian's forthcoming…
Harley Brown / November 15, 2015

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Did Standup Comedy and Weighed In on the Drake/Meek Mill Beef

Yasiin Bey, the man formerly known as Mos Def, appears to be dipping his toes into the world of standup comedy. Tuesday night, he performed…
Colin Joyce / August 5, 2015

Watch A$AP Rocky Perform With Mos Def in London

A$AP Rocky was performing in London over the weekend to help kick off Benji B's residency at the city's XOYO club. That's already pretty cool, but the…
James Grebey / April 6, 2015

Mos Def’s ‘Immigration Issues’ Investigated, and a New Song

BK. NOLA. Yasiin Bey, the rapper and actor also known as Dante "Mos Def" Smith, rasps those abbrevations for Brooklyn and New Orleans on "Let's…
Marc Hogan / May 30, 2014

Play Kanye West G.O.O.D. Music ‘Cruel Summer’ Leak Bingo

Kanye West has been promising to finally drop his G.O.O.D. label's first comp, Cruel Summer for about a year now. Since Mother Nature has a…

The 8 Best Moments of Brooklyn’s Afro-Punk Festival

Brooklyn's Afro-Punk Festival -- co-founded by James Spooner after his 2003 documentary of the same name, and held this past weekend in Commodore Barry Park…
John Macdonald / June 28, 2010

Kravitz, Legend, Mos Def Headline Gulf Aid Concert

On Sunday, the day BP inserted a catheter-like pipe inside the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico to help stem the spill, skepticism was…
Alex Rawls / May 17, 2010
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