Rapper Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of his fourth studio album ‘The Ecstatic’ in 2019. The album, which served as the follow-up to his 2006 album ‘True Magic’, released in June of 2009 and sold 39,000 copies within its first week. It debuted at number 9 on the BillBoard 200, the second of Yasiin’s projects to reach the top 10. ‘The Ecstatic’ had sold around 168,000 copies by March of 2014.
The Brooklyn rapper retired officially back in 2017. He has, however, been featured on a few tracks over the past years, including “Kids See Ghosts” off of Kid Cudi and Kanye West’s collaborative album of the same title. Yasiin stated his intentions to enter the fashion industry and further his acting career. But, his love of hip-hop has never wavered. In an interview earlier this year, he stated:
“For me, [Hip-Hop] means everything familiar and homegrown. I don’t know how other people got it. It’s interesting. I was just talking to my man about this: most people may have got [Hip-Hop] on a mixtape or through the mail or [another way]. But me and a lot of people who grew up in that era with me got it outside the window, outside the doorstep,” Bey explained. “I never had any inkling that it would be our career path. There was no way that when I was in school that I thought I’d be doing it for a living, like what Slick Rick was doing. It’s crazy. I guess that question…what’s called ‘Hip-Hop’ and what we were doing are two different things, but [the culture] is like a family member — anything homegrown and dear.”
Yasiin Bey will be kicking off his tour on January 31st in Manchester, and has announced two more shows in the UK. No other shows have presently been announced, but we expect more dates to release soon. This marks a huge milestone for Yasiin. (Tickets)