The rapper known as Yasiin Bey became famous under his original stage name, Mos Def, just before the turn of the century. He was a leader of rap’s socially conscious movement, worked with Kanye West, did a program with a full orchestra, and was detained in South Africa for traveling on a world passport instead of an American one. While there, Yasiin Bey announced his retirement. Tonight and tomorrow, he returns home with his farewell tour to the Apollo Theater.
(Note: the concert tonight was billed as his final NY show, although now a second final NY show has been added tomorrow as Yasiin Bey & Friends.)