Over the years, we’ve seen reports about Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, and his emigration overseas. Now Bey is finally opening up about why he decided to willingly relocate to the eastern hemisphere. The “Mathematics” lyricist sat down with Beats By Dre to reveal what he’s been up to in Europe and explain why he feels it’s difficult to produce music in America.
“As an artist and as a human being, working in the way that I work in the world today,” he explained. “America’s a very challenging place for me. Sure there’s great business opportunities, familiarity and all that. But given the current social, political, economic climate, it’s very difficult. Unnecessarily difficult. To create to the degree of fullness, the type of robust, type of creativity that I like to have, it’s very difficult for me to produce that here.”
Bey still welcomes all support from his fanbase back home, but feels more comfortable creating in a foreign land. After living in South Africa and now Europe for the past few years, Bey isn’t sour at all towards the US, even after the rumors spread about being denied entry back into the country last year. Watch the interview in full above.