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Mos Def Retiring the Name “Mos Def”

September 7, 2011  |  4:00pm
Mos Def Retiring the Name “Mos Def”

After 2011, rapper and actor Mos Def will be retiring his name and changing it to Yasiin. The rapper, whose real name is Dante Smith, told MTV about the name change in an interview with Sucker Free.

“Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years, it’s a name that the streets taught me,” Mos Def said. “(It’s) a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and my environment, and I feel like I’ve done quite a bit with that name and it’s time to expand and move on. Also, I don’t want to deal with having any moniker, any separation between the self that I see and (what people refer to me as).”

Watch Mos Def retire his name below.

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