Listen To A Previously Unreleased Yasiin Bey Freestyle
Done in 2009, the two-minute freestyle finds Bey rapping over the beat for Lil Wayne‘s “A Milli.”
Bey is prepping for a string of live performances as a part of his rap duo Black Star with Talib Kweli. The pair will headline this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival which will be having its 14-year anniversary this year. Coinciding with the duo’s performance will also be a “The making of the Black Star album” panel, which will presumably center around the pair’s seminal debut album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. The album turns 20 this year in September. Black Star will also be performing with Nas in Colorado, as well as Erykah Badu, NxWorries, The Roots, and others as a part of Long Beach’s Smokin Grooves music festival.
Two months ago, Bey announced that he and Kweli were working on a new album together produced by Madlib.
“New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin, coming soon!” Bey said during a Madlib DJ set in Denver, Colorado. “All Madlib, all day. 2018, Madlib, Black Star. Madlib Black Star.”
Following the reveal, Kweli spoke on the album, saying “It looks like it might happen.”
“I found out on the internet the same way y’all did. We’ve been talking about doing an album with Madlib for years. That’s been an idea we’ve had for so long, but for him to make that announcement…I didn’t know he was going to make the announcement,” Kweli said.
“He went to a Madlib show and he got hype. It’s not like we discussed it and said, ‘Ok, we’re going to announce it.’” the rapper added. “I got off the plane, I landed and was like, ‘Oh ok.’ It’s an idea we have been discussing for a long time, now we just gotta make it happen.”