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Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, is a man of many moods, and this one here, we’re definitely diggin’! Wanna know more about the name change, his fashion, and his love of HipHop? Check it out!

What happened to “Mos Def?”

“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.”

Who’s your Style Icon?

“When my paternal grandfather passed a few years back, I started to wear a shirt and tie every day, like he did. Michael Jackson’s death had a big impact on me, too. Right before the Ecstatic tour in 2009, I began wearing loafers and high-waisted pants. And that’s where my look started.”

Hip Hop started out in the heart…

“Hip-hop is the last true folk art. I got involved with Ale et Ange because it represents hip-hop in a way that isn’t pandering. It’s nice to see something that’s elegant, skillful, and raw.”

Whether he’s called Mos Def, or Yasiin Bey, better believe he is always called! Perfect pick for our Fly Guy of the Day!

-Stay Fly!

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