Yasiin Bey Debuts New Song With BADBADNOTGOOD in Capetown


After his unfortunate and untimely arrest in South Africa earlier this year, Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, made sure to make the most of his freedom by releasing new music all over 2016.

He was arrested for having falsified documents to travel on hand and so we lost the artist for a little why. But no matter now, with all of the songs the musician has been revealing, there may be an opportunity for Bey to create a new album! Possibly?

Today, we just received a new video of Bey performing a completely novel single that features BADBADNOTGOOD during their recent tour stop in Capetown! It seems like quite the strange arrangement, but the duo successfully present a wonderful piece. They performed at the International Jazz Festival, and someone caught some great footage of the event from backstage- the band performing alongside Yasiin. You can watch the visual above!

BBNG said in an interview with 10and5, “we got an email from someone that works with him the first night we got in, asking if we’d be willing to perform a couple songs with him at our show.” The band continued, “of course we said yes, then the next night we went to meet up with him. After a couple rehearsals we figured out what to play, and ended up doing 6 songs. 3 by him, as well as two Rodriguez songs, and ‘Buggin Out’ as a tribute to Phife Dawg.The rehearsals were magical, we really connected musically which is difficult sometimes after first meeting someone.”


Bey has been keeping himself busy, and he’s not planning on stopping or slowing down. This is his year to return to his fans, and he hopes nothing like his arrest will ever stop him again. So during this recent show in Cape Town, Yasiin joined BADBADNOTGOOD to perform a number of songs, and among that brand new track titled “Arcade.”

A smooth, jazzy vibe, it seems that that time in prison did not mess with Bey’s talent. His vocals are still just as suave as we recall them to be, and hits each note with confidence, and hits the high notes bringing a lightness to the ominous tune. You can hear the crowd cheering and “wooing” and whistling, as he goes about this record. The music is also extremely relaxing with integrated pop-sounds, and beeps and bops, that would sound like you’d be resting in a “night-lounge arcade” (if those ever existed; hey a new idea, anyone?). Seems like an unlikely pairing actually became a magical combination and also became the start of a wonderful fabrication of sound to create this composition. Wonder if he’ll do more with the band for his supposed new project? 😉 Stay tuned.


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