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In a lengthy audio message posted on kanyewest.com, Yasiin Bey updated fans on his recent arrest in South Africa as well as announced that he will be releasing his final album this year. The audio message, opening with Yasiin playing with Kanye West’s “No More Parties In L.A.” title covers not just Bey’s arrest in South Africa over false documents but also that he’s completely done with making music or movies.

“I’ve committed no crime, I just wanna go where I’m wanted,” Yasiin says in the makeshift freestyle. “Thank you Kanye West for being a real friend. No more parties in S.A.”

After his final album is released on G.O.O.D. Music this year, Yasiin Bey is kissing the game goodbye. “Furthermore, related, but not directly related to this: I’m retiring from the music recording industry as it is currently assembled today, and also from Hollywood, effective immediately,” Yasiin Bey stated. “I am releasing my final album this year. Um…and that’s that”

Bey’s rep spoke to OkayAfrica about the arrest. According to the rep, Bey was leaving the country with two other individuals to hit the Selam Music Festival in Ethiopia when he was detained by South African officials for not having a U.S. passport but rather a World Passport.

The rep said, “It’s issued by the World Service —in support of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. His understanding is that the South African government has previously accepted the World Passport to enter the country and to provide visas as recently as August.”

On why he hasn’t returned to the United Sates, the representative said, “Generally speaking, various state and local law enforcement bodies have violated the most fundamental human right — that is the right to life of several young, unarmed, black men.”

You can read the full transcript of Yasiin Bey’s call to Kanye via Genius.

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