Formerly known as Mos Def, rapper Yasiin Bey has released his first album in over a decade.
This project can only be heard at a unique art exhibition titled yasiin bey: Negus, which runs through January 26.
As mxdwn reports, this 28-minute album is played through a set of wireless headphones given out to the museum’s patrons.
yasiin bey: Negus, is a multimedia hip-hop experience, consisting of music and murals from contemporary artists Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, José Parlá, along with visual works by Bey himself.
The exhibit’s captions reportedly state that it seeks to “reimagine the possibilities of hip-hop as an art form.
The word “negus” means “king” or “ruler” in Ge’ez, an ancient Ethiopian language, which is associated with the story of Bey’s album, which tells the story of of a 19th-century Ethiopian prince named Alemayehu Tewodros.