Tomorrow, Mos Def, who now goes by his given name Yasiin Bey, will release an album called December 99th with Ferrari Shepard. Later this month, he will debut two additional albums. After that, he he will retire from rap.

The time is ripe to revisit Mos Def's creative peak in the late '90s in which he spoke on the black experience with the eloquence of James Baldwin. This list includes standouts from 1998's Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star and 1999's Black on Both SidesThrown in at the end for good measure is a small collection of his contributions to "Chappelle's Show" a few years later.