Man, it’s been a whirlwind year for Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def). After battling charges levied against him in South Africa following an attempt to leave the country with illegal documents, as well as officially announcing his retirement from rap, Black Dante finally had said charges dropped — with one caveat: he is not allowed to return.
Billboard is now reporting that Yasiin has scheduled his final U.S. performances before his final departure in the music business.
On Dec. 21st, Bey will perform at the Apollo Theater, and between Dec. 31st and Jan. 2nd, 2017, Bey will bid his farewell with performances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
According to Billboard, these final four shows will allow the Brooklyn veteran emcee to perform music off his past discography, including his critically acclaimed Black on Both Sides, The Ecstatic, True Magic and The New Danger — with each night showcasing one of the respected LPs (along with new music) and “surprise special guests.”
Apollo Theater executive producer Kamilah Forbes revealed in a statement to Billboard: “We’re so excited to collaborate with the Kennedy Center on what will be a milestone moment in not only hip-hop history but also in popular culture.”
Yeah. No-Thanksgiving, 2016.
Purchase tickets for the Kennedy Center shows here, with more info on the Apollo Theater show here.