Postal workers, be on alert. Mail addressed to Mos Def will now be going to “Yasiin.” The rapper/actor (real name Dante Terrell Smith) grew tired of his moniker and is retiring it at the end of the year.
“Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years, it’s a name that the streets taught me…I feel I’ve done quite a bit with that name and it’s time to expand and move on.”
We weren’t aware that names were like Glade Plug-Ins and are to be tossed away after you are done with them. Good to know, Mos, thanks for the heads up (hey, he said he’s not retiring it till the end of the year).
“I didn’t want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as.”
So apparently, while we’ve been seeing Mos Def, Mos Def has been seeing Yasiin. Our theory? Yasiin currently yields zero Google search results and thus, he would completely dominate online searches! Clever boy…
But the most pressing issue is now that the name Mos Def is up for grabs, which lucky celeb will claim it?