Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, dropped a surprise track called “Basquiat Ghostwriter” last week, and the Brooklyn-born emcee followed up with a video to his new single.
The photo negative video weaves in shots of Basquiat spray painting words that inspired Bey’s new track, along with images of the rapper in the studio. Yasiin released a statement with the video, which debuted on A Country Called Earth on Wednesday.
“Good tidings in this season of the lion. Black August action. Peace. Happy Wednesday morning. In commemoration of the birth week of one Marcus Garvey, herein is an arrangement of visuals for the sonic composition ‘Basquiat Ghostwriter,’ directed and produced by A Country Called Earth. Special thanks to I. Attallihi, J. Cuba and S. bin Sharifu. FREE THE LAND. We are already in outer space. The local time is always now. Free Shmurda. If you are reading this, you are already reading. We appreciateyuh. Negus. Eternal pedigree. Noble Empire. So real. Surreal. L T P F J. peace.”
He also added, “Let us be reminded of Sandra Bland, Fegurson [sic], Baltimore and all the injustice of the world, as well as the beauty.”