Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) just got his freedom papers from South Africa and now he has new music on the way. Yasiin Bey and producer Ferrari Sheppard have announced that their colaborative debut project December 99th will be released on December 9th exclusively on Tidal.
The album was produced entirely by Ferrari Shepard and recorded during Mos Def’s last year being detailed in South Africa. The project will also include the previously released “Local Time,” “N.A.W.,” and “Seaside Panic Room.”
As previously reported, Yasiin Bey was finally allowed to leave South Africa after spending most of 2016 out on bail in South Africa. In January, the Brooklyn-born emcee was charged with using a false passport and travel document while attempting to leave the country.
Now, the much-delayed case has concluded: After he “unreservedly apologized to the government of South Africa,” Bey was allowed to leave, the country’s home affairs department said (via the Guardian). “The department is satisfied with the apology [and] will withdraw the charges against him,” the department added. Bey will be declared an undesirable person and barred from re-entry into South Africa.
“[He] has unreservedly apologized to the Government of South Africa,” stated the South African Home Affairs Department. “The department is satisfied with the apology [and] will withdraw the charges against him.”
Bey claimed he possessed a “world passport” issued by the non-profit organization known as the World Service Authority. Although the WSA does not guarantee a country – especially Western nations such as Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and the United States – will accept a world passport, the WSA also issues “world citizen” documents like birth certificates, identity cards, and marriage certificates. Applicants must sign a statement saying they understand the world passport’s limitations and the founder of WSA, Garry Davis, has been arrested numerous times for using the passport he sells.
Bey had lived in Cape Town since 2013, but he will not be allowed to re-enter the country.
Check out the Dec. 99th tracklist below.
2. Blade in the Pocket
4. Local Time
5. Tall Sleeves
6. Seaside Panic Room
7. Shadow in the Dark
8. It Goes
9. Special Dedication