Yasiin Bey, the rapper and activist known as Mos Def, made headlines last week when he was arrested in South Africa for trying to use a “world passport” to leave the country. Now, he’s released a message to fans through Kanye West, who posted an audio clip from Bey to his Twitter and website.
The message opens with Bey playing on West’s recently released “No More Parties in L.A.” — he raps in a freestyle, “No more parties in S.A.” — and he says, “I committed no crime, why is this state wasting my time?”
He also continues to claim a “world passport” is real and not “a fictitious document,” and announces his retirement from music. Bey claims his exit from stardom is “effective immediately” and he’ll release a final album this year.
Bey was arrested in Cape Town on Jan. 15 and was given 14 days to leave for violating local immigration laws. A Department of Home Affairs spokesman told USA Today he had come into the country on an American passport but tried to leave on a “world passport.”