Yasiin Bey To Perform ‘The Ecstatic’ In Its Entirety Next Year

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Say It Ain't So! Yasiin Bey Closes Out Career at D.C.'s Kennedy CenterYasiin Bey‘s The Ecstatic is turning 10 next year so it’s only right that the rapper formerly known as Mos Def is dedicating some special shows to the album.

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Bey will be performing The Ecstatic in its entirety in the UK in January and February 2019, with the first date happening at Manchester’s 02 Ritz venue (January 31) and the second at Bristol’s 02 Academy (February 3). Tickets for the former and latter show are approximately $37. No other information is available for the shows.

The Ecstatic was released back on June 9, 2009 and served as the follow-up to 2006’s True Magic. The album found him working alongside The Neptunes, J Dilla, Madlib and others, and was a critical and commercial success, charting at number nine on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release.

Earlier this year, Bey discussed what hip-hop means to him during an interview TV and radio personality Ed Lover on his C’Mon Son podcast.

“For me, [Hip-Hop] means everything familiar and homegrown. I don’t know how other people got it. It’s interesting. I was just talking to my man about this: most people may have got [Hip-Hop] on a mixtape or through the mail or [another way]. But me and a lot of people who grew up in that era with me got it outside the window, outside the doorstep,” Bey explained. “I never had any inkling that it would be our career path. There was no way that when I was in school that I thought I’d be doing it for a living, like what Slick Rick was doing. It’s crazy. I guess that question…what’s called ‘Hip-Hop’ and what we were doing are two different things, but [the culture] is like a family member — anything homegrown and dear.”

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