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Yasiin Bey announces new album, 'December 99th'

Album arrives December 9.

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Just days after being granted access to leave South Africa, where for months he had been held on criminal charges, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, is ready for a proper comeback. Last week, it was announced that the rapper would be embarking on a run of final shows beginning later this month, and now we have the announcement of a new album.

Titled December 99th, the new album will find Yasiin Bey teaming with producer Ferrari Sheppard for a collaborative project that is due out December 9. According to a press release, the pair "spent the last year recording in South Africa" as Bey "awaited his departure from the country."

yasiin bey's final U.S. shows set after being allowed to leave South Africa

As many will know, the pair had been releasing music under the Dec. 99th tag for much of the year, including tracks like "N.A.W., "Seaside Panic Room," and "Hymn."

Sharing one last hurrah before bidding farewell, Bey will release his Shepard-produced effort on Tidal. Check the tracklist below.

Mos Def x Ferrari Sheppard's December 99th

  1. "N.A.W."
  2. "Blade In the Pocket"
  3. "SPESH"
  4. "Local Time"
  5. "Tall Sleeves"
  6. "Seaside Panic Room"
  7. "Shadow in the Dark"
  8. "It Goes"
  9. "Special Dedication"

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