Yasiin Bey’s New Work ‘Negus’ To Make Its US Debut In New York City

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The project had first premiered during this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong.

Coinciding with the 20-year anniversary of his seminal album Black on Both Sides, Yasiin Bey is sharing his latest studio recording Negus for the first time in the United States.

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The Brooklyn Museum will be presenting yasiin bey: Negus, “a listening installation of yasiin bey’s latest studio recording, which will not be released in any digital or analog mediums,” according to the museum’s website.

“The latest in a series of international presentations of Negus, the exhibition acknowledges the importance of hip-hop as a fundamental American art form by making the 8-track, 28-minute recording available without the distractions of technology,” the website’s synopsis of the exhibition reads. “In addition to Negus, the exhibition includes artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá created in collaboration with bey, as well as original music by celebrated pianist by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.”

Tickets are available for the event, with prices ranging from $8 (for children) to $20 (for adults).

Bey debuted Negus earlier this year at Art Basel Hong Kong. Negus was produced in 2015 and features production from FunkinEven, Lord Tusk, and ACyde.

H/T: BrooklynVegan

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