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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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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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