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12 September, 2012@10:48 pm

In the above clip, the artist formerly known as Mos Def freestyles for GQ. While at the shoot, Bey explained his name-change from to Yasiin Bey from Mos Def, fearing that he was becoming too much of a “product”.

“I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I’ve been going by Yasiin since ’99. At first it was just for friends and family, but now I’m declaring it openly,” Bey told GQ.

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1 Responses to "Yasiin Bey Explains Mos Def Name-Change"
  • Dayz says:

    Sorry but he will forever be called Mos Def when I refer to him. Plus having your name = a brand is not a bad thing, it’s how you market yourself and sell your product. Just like Puff Daddy will always be Puff Daddy to me.

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