I am Yasiin Bey: The GQ Interview
Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def recently sat down with GQ to discuss among other things, his name change, Malcom X, the state of hip hop and patterns. Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) is arguably one of the more talented individuals in the entertainment industry. A dual threat in front of the camera and behind a mic. GQ gives us an interesting look at the artist formerly known as Mos Def.
Below is a brief excerpt from the interview.
A Mos by Any Other Name…
“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.”
“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 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.”