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Mos Def To Retire His Name At The End Of 2011, Renaming Himself Yasiin

Mos Def has decided to retire his name at the end of this year. The Brooklyn emcee who is joining the cast of the Showtime hit series, Dexter told MTV2 that he is moving on from the name that has done so much for him and changing it to Yasiin.

“Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years, it’s a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment, and I feel I’ve done quite a bit with that name and it’s time to expand and move on.

Also, I didn’t want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as.”

See the interview below.