Mos Def Says He’s Changing His Name

Sep 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Mos Def, the hip-hop artist and "Dexter" actor, says he’s changing his name, according to The Guardian.

Mos Def, whose real name is Dante Terrell Smith, said he plans to change his name to Yasiin starting in 2012, the story says, citing an interview with MTV’s Peter Rosenberg.

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

The Guardian reports: “Yasiin is a name in the Qur’an’s 36th surah, one of its most important verses. The rapper converted to Islam in his teens. ‘[I don’t want] to deal [anymore] with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as,’ Mos Def said.”

Mos Def will appear on the sixth season of "Dexter" as Brother Sam, an ex-con who claims to have found religion, when the show returns to Showtime next month.


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