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Yasiin Bey Has a New Album Coming Out Very Soon

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) has announced his new album with Ferrari Sheppard under their collaborative project, Dec. 99th.

Just last week, it was announced that Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) would finally be allowed to leave South Africa, following an nearly year-long battle with the government for his attempt to leave the country using a "World Passport."


Soon afterwards, Bey also revealed the final U.S. shows of his career at NYC's Apollo Theater and D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

Well, the rapper's got more on deck before 2016—a year he's called his "retirement party year"—is over.

Yasiin Bey just announced that he'll be releasing a new album as Dec. 99th, the collaborative project he has with Ferrari Sheppard.

Dec. 99th (Yasiin Bey & Ferrari Sheppard) album cover, 'December 99th.'

The 9-song album, titled December 99th, will include the previously released tracks “N.A.W.,” “Tall Sleeves,” and “Local Time.” The LP was produced entirely by Ferrari Sheppard and will be released as a Tidal exclusive.

A press statement mentions that Bey and Sheppard “spent the last year recording in South Africa,” while Bey “awaited his departure from the country.”

Check out the full track list for December 99th below. That's the cover artwork above.

The new album is fittingly due on December 9.

December 99th Track List

01 N.A.W.

02 Blade In The Pocket

03 SPESH

04 Local Time

05 Tall Sleeves

06 Seaside Panic Room

07 Shadow In the Dark

08 It Goes

09 Special Dedication

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A 9-year-old Zimbabwean boy Rodwell Nkomazana has a shot at a normal life, again, after a horrific hyena attack left him with half of his face missing.

It takes a village to raise a child and sometimes that village comes from thousands of kilometers away, and consists of committed surgeons, passionate nurses and generous international donors. Nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana was asleep at an all-night church service when the unthinkable happened. The little boy was attacked and mauled by a hyena outside Harare, in Zimbabwe.

The medical team at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, where he received his initial treatment, did all they could to save his life and stabilise him. However, due to a lack of resources and expertise, it was all they could do.

With half of his face missing, including an eye, his upper lip, his nose and part of his forehead, Rodwell was set for a life full of challenges. Not only would he have lost his childhood, but he would have probably spent most of his time in seclusion — isolated from the rest of society.

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