Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, has been enduring an ongoing immigration battle that kept him grounded in South Africa. The Brooklyn rapper was able to settle his legal differences with the African nation and will close out his performing career with a series of final shows.
In the wake of being permitted to leave South Africa today (Nov. 22) after violating local immigration laws earlier this year, hip-hop legend Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) has partnered with the Apollo Theater and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to present his final U.S. performances. The special engagements will begin with a Dec. 21 show at Harlem, New York’s Apollo. Then Bey will head to Washington, D.C. for a Dec. 31-Jan. 2, 2017 New Year’s Eve celebratory run at the Kennedy Center.
Bey has said in previous that he is walking away from the music business and has largely been inactive in the past few years despite a scant recording here and there. The rapper’s last appearance was on A Tribe Called Red’s “R.E.D.” and his last recorded full-length project was 2009’s The Ecstatic.