Following his arrest in South Africa earlier this month for attempting to travel with a "fake passport," Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, has announced via kanyewest.com that he will release one more album and then retire from hip-hop and acting, "effective immediately."
Bey, who released his landmark solo debut Black on Both Sides in 1999 and worked throughout much of the previous and following decade with Talib Kweli in Black Star, has been ordered by the South African government to leave the country by January 28 and to report back on March 8 for trial. Bey is not welcome in the United States as he has been vocally critical of the Obama administration, even undergoing Guantamo-style force-feeding in an attempt to illustrate the brutality of the Obama administration's continuing torture-tactics instituted by the Bush presidency.
In the freestyle and following statement released on West's site, he refers to the world as one country, "A country called Earth, everywhere," and states that he is unlawfully being prevented from leaving the country. Bey also challenges the validity of the charges against him, stating that he has used the World Passport on several occasions and invites the media and those interested to do the research and see that South Africa has stamped his passport numerous times including the ports in Johannesburg and Cape Town over the last 20 years.
The date of Bey's final musical release is still undetermined.
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