Popular American rapper and actor, Yasiin Bey formerly known as Mos Def has announced his retirement from the entertainment industry following an arrest in Cape Town, South Africa.
The artist formerly known as Mos Def took to Kanye West’s website to record a freestyle rap in which he changed the lyrics to Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar’s song No More Parties in LA to No More Parties in SA. In the message the rapper and actor announces that he is “retiring from the music recording industry as it is currently assembled today, and also from Hollywood, effective immediately“.
The entertainer moved to South Africa in 2013 on a visitor’s permit and was arrested and detained at Cape Town International Airport last week when he attempted to leave the country with a World Passport. Mos Def denies these charges and in turn suggests that the government detained him for political reasons, adding that:
People in the state have taken punitive action against me, unnecessarily. I don’t live in America and I have a right to domicile wherever I please. Without fear, or without interference.
The actor and music artist goes on to explain that the World Passport was a legitimate travelling document and that “[i]t is not meant to deceive or derive unlawful benefit from any nation state, at all“.