Hip Hop veteran Mos Def recently told MTV News that he plans to retire his rap name by the end of the year, saying he has lived up to its title and is now ready to move forward. Mos says that he no longer wants to balance his rap name and government name, Dante Terrell Smith.
"I'm retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I'm actually doing it. Yasiin. That's it," he revealed. "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 any separation between the self that I see and know myself as." (Sucker Free)
Mos Def – Says He Will Retire The "Mos Def" Name
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