According to Zoë Kravitz, this is "Bae!"
But wait a minute...
Recently everyone's favorite "it girl" at the moment, Zoë Kravitz, was spotted out and about with the rapper formally known as Mos Def and the two seemed to be quite chummy. Over the weekend, the 26-year-old actress, who has been slaying every magazine cover, red carpet and movie role this year, was taking in the streets of Cannes, France with the 41-year-old rapper who, if you weren't in the loop, now goes by the stage name Yasiin Bey.
Now normally a spotting between celebs is hardly a surprise these days, especially seeing as to how Zoë herself is quite the eclectic type and hangs out with a wide range of people. However, what made these two such a unique surprise is:
Zoë took to Instagram to upload a selfie/"USie" and captioned the pic "#Bae" She also wrote the initials "Y" and "Z" (most likely for Yasiin and Zoë).
So what has Yasiin aka Mos Def been up to lately?
With the exception of rare appearances, Yasiin has been missing from the entertainment scene for some time now, most noticeably since last year after cancelling and releasing a statement halfway through his U.S. tour, explaining that he'd been having some "legal and immigration issues." Reports of the Brooklyn-born rapper's immigration status confused fans, leading many to believe that Yasiin, who had moved to Cape Town five years prior, had renounced his American citizenship in favor of a South African one. However, the rapper opened up to Rolling Stone last year, disregarding those rumors, while hinting that his move across continents was more personal than anything:
"For a guy like me, with five or six generations from the same town in America, to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America. There are some beautiful places in America. I love Brooklyn. New York City needs to thank Brooklyn every day just for existing. That's how I feel about it. It was a hard thing to leave home. But I'm glad I did.”
The move came shortly after Yasiin, then still referred to as Mos Def, revealed that he had encountered some financial problems after failing to meet the court ordered child support for one of his five or six kids (different sources cite a different number). However, it appears Yasiin recently reemerged at a Chicago concert last week, where he sat down with Beats by Dre and updated fans on how he's living and coping outside of the Hollywood scope:
“As an artist and as a human being, working in the way that I work in the world today, 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.”
Earth is a very big and open place. That doesn’t mean I don’t value my family or my audience here in America. It’s just that I needed to take some time to put myself in environments where I felt good.
I’m just being real. It does something to me: the whole s—, Yemen, Iraq, Baltimore, on and on. This is not some isolated moment in history: this is a continuum of something that’s completely wack to begin with. I’m critical of all of the governments around the world, and the corporations. With that being said, my country is called ‘earth.’ This whole thing belongs to everybody that’s on it. And if there’s anything I can do with my career, it’s hopefully to encourage the generations around me, and after me, to have that worldview.”
Interesting. The rapper-actor also made sure to confirm that he is working on new music (even some with Kanye West) and told fans what they can expect from him:
“What people are gonna hear from me now, or in the future, is much different than what they heard in 1999 or even what they heard in 2009… Because I’m different, the times are different, my skill level is different: it’s more enhanced, because I’ve had so much time and opportunity to do it and get better at it. The writing process has become positively slower. Not in the sense that it’s harder for me to come up with material, but that I find myself these days spending more time on one piece. ”
Well, this is where things certainly might come together. Zoë is part of the music group Lolawolf, and even recently performed a cover of Sade's "No Ordinary Love," on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Even on Zoë's pic with Yasiin, she placed a photo of a growing plant/seed emoji, which could easily hint towards the idea that the two are building, or "growing" a music project together. Now throw in the fact that Yasiin is still technically married to his second wife, Alana, and well- we most likely have a project, or a friendship, in the works more than anything.
Guess we'll have to wait and see!
In the meantime, peep Zoë cover "No Ordinary Love," below:
Would you be here for a Zoë and Yasiin music connection?