Talib Kweli and Mos Def, aka Blackstar, were on the Colbert Report recently where they spoke about multiple topics including why Mos Def changed his name to Yaslin.
"Nope. I am not using Mos Def as a professional name anymore," he said. Stephen Colbert, the show's host made light of this, asking, "Why would you not be Mos Def anymore? He's a famous guy who sells records. Why would you do that?"
They continued by talking about the underground label they were given and how they look at that label.
"Underground Rap is a label we never really understood," Yasiin noted. "What does it mean? Is it that we don't rhyme above sea level? I don't know. But, there's a lot of diversity in Hip Hop, there's a lot of different styles across all different genres of art. People like to label things, I guess…We just do what we do, underground or above ground."
Black Star – On The Colbert Report