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Rapper Mos Def has just announced that he will be changing his rap name to Yasiin at the end of 2011.

Mos Def, real name Dante Terrell Smith, feels the Mos Def name has run its course and it’s time for a fresh beginning.

“I’m retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I’m actually doing it. Yasiin. That’s it. 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 separation between the self that I see and know myself as.”

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