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

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19: Mos Def performs during VEVO Presents: G.O.O.D. Music at VEVO Power Station on March 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for VEVO)

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 the day Dec. 99th—Bey’s collaboration with producer Ferrari Sheppard—drop their debut LP, December 99th. The 10-track project is now streamable on TIDAL.

December 99th was originally set to drop on December 9, but was delayed for not-entirely explained reasons. While Bey hasn’t commented on the tardiness, Sheppard said in a since-deleted Facebook post that the “delay [is] not [his] fault.” A Country Called Earth, a website founded by the duo, issued a cryptic poem in response to the record’s absence.

Dark bodies, bright crest, the kings grew nervous.
A boy drew a gun, and then sold the portrait. And then used
the cash to heat the stove at the palace.
soon. very soon.

Nonetheless, the album is streamable below. The duo is also slated to perform on The Tonight Show tomorrow, December 22.