Yasiin Bey F/K/A Mos Def Discusses Move To South Africa

Formerly known as Mos Def, Yasiin Bey explains why he moved to Cape Town last year.

Yasiin Bey has been living in Cape Town, South Africa since May 2013, according to an article in Mail & Guardian

"Last year May, I came [to Cape Town] and I said I'm not leaving,” the rapper formerly known as Mos Def says. "I'm staying. It's a beautiful place. It has the ocean, mountain, botanical gardens and beautiful people.”

Bey first visited Cape Town in 2009 and decided to move because of his dislike for certain aspects of the United States.

"For a guy like me, with five or six generations from the same town in America, to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America,” he says. "There are some beautiful places in America. I love Brooklyn. New York City needs to thank Brooklyn every day just for existing. That's how I feel about it. It was a hard thing to leave home. But I'm glad I did.”

Bey says that he is working on a tribute album to Gil Scott-Heron and that still loves Hip Hop culture.

"I love its vitality and the way it speaks to young people, the way it spoke to me," he says. "It told me don't cry, don't despair. I got something for you to do with all the despair, anger and sadness inside of you. I got a way for you to turn that around."

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64 Comments

  • mahalastudent

    "I want all black people to be free"-Mos Def SA students can find casual jobs,accomodation etc at www.mahalastudent.co.za

  • afrocandyza

    I would like to meet him.Im a big fan .He must checkout the hottest SA girls at www.afrocandy.co.za

  • London

    I believe in God he call upon by many names, I call Him ALLAH. I'm from Allah and its takes a lot energy to feel whole, to strive for perfection. It take great sacrifices. I don't pretend to understand people's decisions. I'm too busy understanding mines. If we clean ourselves up we would not be indulging in senseless comments. However we all must grow, evolve... I do pray we all measure up to Allah gifts he bestow on us.

  • SA DosBucks

    As a South African, Cape Town is 1 of the most racist places in our country. Majority of the Old Money White Folk live there. They don't even consider it South Africa. Tells you much about Mos Def's "Motherland" quest.

  • Anonymous

    "Does he really have a bunch of kids with non african women?" Yes he does I even seen one of his baby mamas she looked so white she could've been born in Sweden or some shit like that

  • Anonymous

    Good for him America isnt the end all be all

  • Yeezus

    When the fuck is that Mannie Fresh x Mos Def coming out....

  • northw

    Dont like America so ill move to a massive shit hole?

    • SA

      Your mom is a shit hole

    • House Negros Make Me Sick

      lol you're right, because every place in America is just marvelous

    • d mac

      what you should be asking is why does the hater who hasn't been there the judge on whether others should or should not exist there

    • NoneStop

      Cape Town looks better than some of America's best cities like Miami and LA, and is the reason many other celebrities like Oprah, Will Smith, and Ludacris have purchased homes there. Every country has it's hoods, but don't call something a shit hole without even having been there. It makes you sound ignorant. America is on the verge of an economic collapse with a worthless dollar and a middle class that is being eliminated it's looking a lot like a 3rd world country which is why a lot of people who can are leaving it.

    • Anonymous

      South Africa is actually doin wayyy better than the rest of the continent..

    • Anonymous

      Your face is a shithole

    • Anonymous

      America is the shit hole....

  • Anonymous

    so no more Mos Def Albums

  • Anonymous

    Does he really have a bunch of kids with non african women? I hope they're asian and not white.

  • Anonymous

    "Black Africans hate Black Americans more than racist white people, so no non celebrity black person should ever move to Africa. I'm not a African American, I am a Black American....better yet I'm just a American period. We helped build this nation." Your divide and conquer shit won't work. I'm African and i love my Jamaican and Carribean peops. And I love my Black American brothers who ain't as brain washed as you. W. E. B dubois and Sekou Toure F/K/A Stokley Carmichael all lived, died, and were buried in the motherland.

    • d mac

      The reality is "bruthadee" is right those individuals do exist here, oblivious to the true nature of the union, but swear they will do better than us who have always existed here a strong opinion too? they worst on the west than the east

    • Anonymous

      we have to kill the ones like this

  • WordUP!!

    Mos Def likes to BONE lotsa lotsa women period. He moved to Africa, so he can have many many wives and NOT BE BOTHERED about it. This monogamous shit is for the birds.It did him no good and it does no man good. AFRICA HERE I COME BABY!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    There are a few extremely dumb comments posted by dumb niggas on this article.

  • Anonymous

    All of these comments with the exception of a few are great examples of a dumbed down nation. The ignorance and the pure distraction of race is comical nowadays. Brothers, please don't argue with these albinos, they really are still on this inferiority stuff. Understand they are inferior and will continue to use these tactics. They have been using this shit since the first human beings walked the earth. I pray that my brothers and sisters are educated in such a way that they clearly see the distraction and understand this bullshit the media spreads. For all of the brothers on this forget the past or the real history of the world I will pray for you come up out of that ignorance too. I love everybody, but you will not understand one thing I'm saying until you study the history of man and the world.

  • Yoruboy

    No matter where you from, you are African ventuellement the blond haired bleu eyed people. africa is the mother land. Can't fight the truth !!!! Afro American , African people , west indies people all the same seperated by evil scared jealous mind!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    "Black Africans hate Black Americans more than racist white people, so no non celebrity black person should ever move to Africa. I'm not a African American, I am a Black American....better yet I'm just a American period. We helped build this nation." Africans LOVE their American brothers and they love HipHop culture, racist white people hate all Black people equally regardless of contenient so don't allow some white enemy to tell you that your brother hates you. Good to see Yassin Bey getting in contact with his roots.

  • Thoro Nikka

    "You aint tryin to duck that child support, are you sir?!?! Im just asking, not a diss." Actually, this nikka has 6 childs and only 2 are from African American women.

  • Anonymous

    best of luck to him.

  • Asa

    Umi says shine your light on the world.

  • IROC

    There is no excuse for a man to wear a dress the music industry is pushing this hard and only the guys willing to wear them are the only ones you will see or hear its proof you want tv deals movie roles or endorsments you better punk out and put this dress & panties on. Omar Epps facial expression was of shame but he has sold out i use to think Mos Def was a brother of knowledge and would stand up but now i see he is just another SELL OUT !

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this fucker REALLY doesn't want to raise his kids... nice work, dad!

  • Anonymous

    damn hhdx cut off the picture of this nicca wearing a skirt

  • Black American

    Black Africans hate Black Americans more than racist white people, so no non celebrity black person should ever move to Africa. I'm not a African American, I am a Black American....better yet I'm just a American period. We helped build this nation.

    • NoneStop

      That's BS. Black Africans are obsessed with Black American culture to the point where they dress and talk like Black Americans. They mimic their music styles after them by singing, dancing and rapping like similar and when Black American celebrities visit the continent they treat them like royalty. You don't know what you are talking about and are trying to divide. Unless you've been to Africa than keep quiet on things you don't know.

    • African

      Your divide and conquer shit won't work. I'm African and i love my Jamaican and Carribean peops. And I love my Black American brothers who ain't as brain washed as you. W. E. B dubois and Sekou Toure F/K/A Stokley Carmichael all lived, died, and were buried in the motherland.

    • shoes

      Africans love their brothers from America... dont let the enemy deceive you

    • Anonymous

      Man wtf? Who's the Black Africans hating on Black Americans? If anything YOU are the ones that hate on us, and wtf is that "better yet I'm just a American period" shit?!?!? Were you living there before the Indians (true "Americans") and Europeans came? I don't think so, like or not, you're still an AFRICAN living in America. How come you're so proud of claiming to be from an establishment that has never treated like you an equal citizen? You House Negros make me sick.

    • Super Nigga

      How ironic is it that I told my mom the second part today.... We're BLACK AMERICANS.

    • kamal

      This guy is an agent that has a mission to try and create conflict between African-Americans and other groups of people. He is not even Black. They are doing this on every social media site that they can. Be aware African-Americans!!

    • lefa

      what black Africans are you talking about?people can be so ignorant sometimes..im black African and I love black/African americans or whatever you wanna call it..please stop spreading this ignorance and try visiting Africa before commenting on hearsayz.

    • Asa

      Not true, hate for Black Americans. Many may hate on ppl who prefer to disrespect themselves as well as others, and carry themselves with no regards for others, but hate is a strong word.

  • Funky Progressive

    hopefully Mos will keep up with his tax status in the USA (and South Africa). Lauryn Hill caught a bad one, apparently thinking if you lived overseas, that you didn't really have to pay attention to that.

  • Anonymous

    We all know why this nicca left, ain't no one out here tryna hear him

    • R.Pgh

      internet tough guy is tough.

    • Anonymous

      man fuck BOTH yall niccas forever, is y'all dumb or something?!?!? I don't give a fuck who you niccas livin overseas listen to, out here this muthaphucka's irrelevant PERIOD, so don't you dare ever coming up to me with that small time bullshit again

    • R.Pgh

      because if you live in another country, any music you produce can't possibly be heard outside your country. Dumbass.

    • Me

      Wrong.. Ain't nobody hear worth playing good music for no more, the movement went overseas and you and everybody else who thinks like you missed the wave you herb ass American Minded Ass Nikka..

  • son of a sax

    You aint tryin to duck that child support, are you sir?!?! Im just asking, not a diss.

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^^^^^^^ FACT what's Dante got, six kids with six different women? no way he has that kind of $$$, even if they were all with same woman as partner. (As if that's ever happened in rap.)

  • Anonymous

    We'll never hear another album from this guy. Maybe a mixtape, but that's it. Farewell Blackstar! What up Kweli?!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. lol But this dude's going to slip into some isolated state of mind. Maybe become an activist. Look how long it's taking for Mos to drop anything. My prediction is being removed is only going to build this procrastination. Mos will drop a mixtape, the tape won't receive a lot of buzz, this will push any project he has further back and Mos will begin to rethink everything. Before you know it, he'll only ever drop a few more random singles. lol

    • R.Pgh

      You realize people can make music from pretty much anywhere in the world, right? It's not as if Blackstar had multiple albums or anything.

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