Yasiin Bey may be coming out of his retirement from the music industry. Bey performed a new song, “Arcade,” featuring Canadian band, BADBADNOTGOOD.
The track, which was recorded live by a fan, is more “Umi Says” than “Ms. Fat Booty,” but it sounds promising all the same, as Bey sings a few medleys over the smooth jazzy tune.
According to 10and5, it was Bey’s team that reached out to the band to record.
“The rehearsals were magical, we really connected musically which is difficult sometimes after first meeting someone,” BADBADNOTGOOD told 10and5.
This is the second track from Bey after he released “No More Parties in SA” via Kanye West’s website. In it, he declared that he was retiring from the music industry “as it’s currently assembled today” and from Hollywood “effective immediately.” The Brooklynite also explained his situation in South Africa that got him in a heap of trouble with the government.
Yasiin Bey has been held in South Africa after he attempted to use an unauthorized “world passport” to travel outside of the country. Since then, he’s been in and out of court and will likely have to leave South Africa afterwards. But in the meantime, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, has kept himself pretty busy. He’s was also named the creative director for a South African brand, Unknown Union.
As for BADBADNOTGOOD, the band released their fourth studio album, IV, earlier this year, and headed to South Africa’s capital, Cape Town to take the stage at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The group is also known for their collaborations with Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown and Ghostface Killah.
Check out the Yasiin Bey and BADBADNOTGOOD jam together above.