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Yasiin Bey Has Three New Albums On the Way, Plays a New Song at Art Basel

In an interview with WNAL at Miami's Art Basel, Yasiin Bey reveals that he plans to release three new albums before his retirement.

This Friday, December 9th, Yasiin Bey is due to release a new album as Dec. 99th, his collaboration project with Ferrari Sheppard.


Well, in an interview with WNAL at Miami's Art Basel (via Pitchfork), the man formerly-known-as Mos Def has revealed that he also plans to release two additional new albums: the Mannie Fresh-produced As Promised and another record, Negus in Natural Person. 

That means we could have three new albums from Yasiin Bey before his well-announced retirement. Though no dates have been confirmed for As Promised and Negus in Natural Person.

As Okayplayer reports, Yasiin also performed a new track over the weekend at Art Basel. Okayplayer writes:

All eyes are on Yasiin Bey this week as the artist formerly known as Mos Def readies his grand exit from the bidness. But just before we wave goodbye to the as-of-late reclusive great, he’s graced us with some newness during a recent performance at Boiler Room‘s Saul Williams-presented 'In Appreciation of Lyricism' event at Art Basel this past weekend, where he performed a breezy new cut, which we can only assume will be on one his three new albums on the way (promising to perform them at his rapidly approaching final shows at the Kennedy Center and The Apollo Theater.

Watch video of the event below. Yasiin's performance starts at around the 5-hour, 12-minute mark.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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