Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) addresses his recent arrest in South Africa, while attempting to leave the country.
He released his audio message on Kanye West’s website, in which he addressed the situation in a freestyle format. “I committed no crime any place / Why these police up in my face?” Bey says. “No more parties in SA. Thank you to Kanye West for being a real friend.”
Bey also claims that he’s being prevented from leaving South Africa, and that authorities want to deport his family.
He tried to leave with a “world passport”, but was not accepted by local authorities… and was arrested for alleged violating local immigration laws and faces a ban up to five years.
Bey says the “world passport” is “not a fictitious document.” “It is not meant to deceive,” he says. “To quote Lil Durk, I am not a liar.”
“I have reason to believe or suspect that there are political motivations behind the way that I’m being treated because this is following no reasonable strand of logic and it’s curious,” he adds. “I haven’t broken any law and I’m being treated like a criminal.”
Before the end of his message, Bey makes a shocking annoucement about his career. “I’m retiring from the music recording industry as it is currently assembled today, and also from Hollywood, effective immediately. I’ll be releasing my final album this year. And that’s that.”