Yasiin Bey Premieres New Music at Miami Concert
Yasiin Bey is wasting no time getting back on stage after his extended stay in South Africa. The Black on Both Sides artist is currently taking part in a Miami concert hosted by the Boiler Room and Saul Williams. The presentation is called "In Appreciation of Lyricism," and the rapper formerly known as Mos Def used the showcase to premiere some brand new music. You can peep some of it in the video up top. In the footage below, he performs a new track called "No Time to Pretend."
One of the new songs sounds like a mix of "Travelling Man" and "Umi Says," so if you like hearing Yasiin put his vocals to use like that, there's a good chance you'll be feeling at least one of his new tracks. Less than a week ago, Yasiin announced an upcoming collaboration project with producer Ferrari Sheppard. The new album, titled December 99th, will be the debut project from their newly formed duo, which is also called December 99th. The project is set to drop on Dec. 9, and it will feature instrumentals that mostly stick to a tempo of 99 beats per minute. Yasiin and Sheppard worked on the project together when Yasiin was stuck in South Africa throughout much of 2016.
At this point it's unclear how much of the new music will appear on his new album, but in a recent interview with WNL RRat Art Basel, he announced that he's got at least two more albums coming out this year, so there's a chance these new tracks won't show up on December 99th. The two projects coming after December 99th are called Negus In Natural Person and As PromisedYou, the latter will be a collaboration with Mannie Fresh. Sticking to the very near future, you can peep the tracklist for December 99th just below, and you can watch more footage from Yasiin's performance in the video below that starting at around the five hour, 12-minute mark.
Yasiin Bey’s December 99th Tracklist
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