Yasiin Bey has given an update regarding a new album from Black Star, his collaborative project with Talib Kweli, and told fans that it will only arrive when they are both ready.
Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, appeared on Kweli’s People’s Party podcast and discussed whether that is gearing up to release the Madlib-produced follow-up to 1998’s Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star. Kweli attempted to suggest that streaming services had played a part in the delay, which Bey went along with.
“You mean to tell me that the source of labour at the centre of this experience is supposed to be satisfied and grateful with receiving a portion of a penny for their efforts and labour?” Bey replied.
“Now, whoever else is happy with that, then that’s you. You can take your labour to the market however you see fit. But when it relates to something that I’m doing, and that I’ve been doing, I don’t have to ask [for others’] permission, I don’t have to get your understanding.
“If I’m ambivalent, or something just don’t feel right and I’m searching for a better way to do it, that’s completely my volition. I’m not here to be run by the audience’s expectations… You motherfuckers don’t get to tell me what to do with what I make. It’s between me and God, you understand?”
He concluded: “When we ready with it, you’ll get it. We’ve already given you real enough indication. What the fuck else do you want? We not joking with you. It’s not hype.”