Kweli called out news of Bey not being able to re-enter the US as simply gossip.
Kweli put his two cents in about his former group member’s immigration issues.
“I haven’t spoken on Yasiin cuz it seemed obvious to me that these rumors are unsubstantiated lies. But y’all believe blogs so I must,” he tweeted.
He added, “Think about you’ve read about Yasiin. Does it make sense? No it doesn’t. Do you own research if you that concerned. Stop believing blogs. No need to get up in arms. Yasiin is, in the words of Dave Chappelle, chillin out in South Africa #mandelavoice.”
Kweli and Bey were the rap duo known as Black Star — part of an underground movement in hip hop during the late 1990s.
Apparently, he knows his group member, although he hasn’t spoken to him lately.
Kweli believes Bey is just chilling in South Africa — nothing more than that.
Nevertheless, Bey became very critical of the US — saying he found peace in South Africa.
“I lived in Brooklyn 33 years of my life. I thought I’d be buried in that place,” he told Rolling Stone magazine. “Around seven years ago, I was like, you know, ‘I gotta go, I gotta leave.’ It’s very hard to leave. And I lived in a lot of places. Central America. North America. Europe for a while.
“And I came to Cape Town in 2009, and it just hit me. I was like, ‘Yeah.’ I know when a good vibe gets to you. And, you know, I thought about this place every day from when I left. I was like, ‘I’m comin’ back,’” Bey added. “For a guy like me, who had five or six generations not just in America but in one town in America, to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America.”