Chicago rapper and poet Malik Yusef (39) (G.O.O.D. Music) has worked with The Neptunes for his second album „Good Morning & Good Night“ which will be released later this year featuring guest musicians and producers such as Kanye West, Common, Raheem Devaughn, Jes.Tone, Lupe Fiasco, KRS One, Twista, Carl Thomas and soul pianist John Legend. The concept of the reflective Double CD will display Protagonist vs. Antagonist/Lower Self vs. Higher Self, exhibiting the poet’s struggle between his internal dualities. Both discs Good Morning & Good Night will feature 12 tracks apiece, representing an hour of each day. The first single “Magic Man” features Kanye West, Common and John Legend. The Chi-town native has made his career as a “wordsmyth,” reciting verses that chronicle inner city life growing up on the urban streets of the Windy City. His lexicon tells stories that speak to both the intricate depths and heights of ghetto culture, as well as global socio-economic woes.

„Yes. It’s very diverse. I’ve got Pharrell, of course Kanye; I have an array of people, man. It’s going to be 24 tracks, one for every hour of the day. Actually, it has 26 tracks. There’s a hidden track on each CD, so that’s 13 on each disc. You know, 13 is the original number of the woman. This is why it’s a bad-luck number. The levels of thinking, the 12 houses of the zodiac, the 13th is governed by the mother spirit and so on and so forth. When patriarchic society took over, it erased all that and killed the mother. I’m more akin to being a follower of the matriarchy, a follower of the old way. I let them be them; they let me be me. I’m just a little boy that does poetry whose friends got famous, and I like it that way. I like to be found. I don’t want to be overexposed. I love when people discover me and discover my music.„

*motherjones.com