Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) speaks on recent arrest and announces retirement

Yasiin Bey, the rapper/actor/activist formerly known as Mos Def, has issued an audio statement through Kanye West’s website. The 10 minute telephone message sees Bey discuss his recent arrest in South Africa and announce his retirement from music.

The statement opens with a freestyle in which Bey repeats “No More Parties In S.A.”, referencing Kanye’s new single ‘No More Parties In L.A.’

He then discusses his recent arrest in South Africa for allegedly using a “world passport” to leave the country. He claims the accusations are false: “Anyone can do the research about the world passport; it’s not a fictitious document. It is not meant to deceive or derive unlawful benefit from any nation’s state, at all.”

He then goes on to say  he is being held unjustly and cites political motivations for his current situation: “I’m under unnecessary state supervision and scrutiny, and I have reason to believe or suspect that there are political motivations behind the way I’m being treated”.

Bey concludes by announcing his retirement from music and film, stating the decision is “related but not directly related” to his arrest in South Africa, and that he will release his final album this year.

The message can be heard in its entirety below.