new music: yasiin bey searches for his “needs and wants” in alt. hip-hop track ‘dec 99th – n.a.w’

May 6, 2016

Check out this new track by Yasiin Bey (formally known as Mos Def). ‘Dec 99th – N.A.W’ aka Needs and Wants is a stream of consciousness-style rap-ish track, repeatedly in search of the essential. ‘Dec 99th – N.A.W.’ was recorded in Cape Town where Bey was recently released from jail after being apprehended for producing a f(fake) “World” passport while attempting to leave the country. Due to the legal trouble, Bey has been unable to travel and tour internationally. He issued a recorded apology to fans yesterday before releasing the song. ‘Dec 99th – N.A.W’ seems to be Bey grappling with his legal troubles and an introspective search for his, well, needs and wants. Check it out down below and let us know what you think.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

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