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Mos Def Is Changing His Name!

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Mos Def Dante Smith Yasiin

Like those before him, Mos Def is retiring his stage name for a new one.

But this name change isn't just for the sake of restlessness.

It's for religion.

Born as Dante Smith, the rapper/actor coverted to Islam as a teenager.

More in tune with his spiritual beliefs now we assume, he says he's not for "any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as."

So as soon as the infamous year of 2012 rolls around, you can start calling him Yasiin.

The new name pays homage to the Quran as it is the 36th surah (verse) of the book.

This makes us think, how many people wished they could have changed their names as kids?

Did U ever wish U had a different name growing up? What was it?

[Image via Will Alexander/WENN.]

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16 comments to “Mos Def Is Changing His Name!”

  1. 1

    I wanted to be Patricia so bad!!!!! My cousins name was Patricia and everyone called her Pato which my seven year old self thought was cool. I hated the name Clara. I think when i get married i'm dropping Clara forever. I hate that name!

  2. 7tizz says – reply to this


    Damn, was sure he was gonna change it to Mos Stoopid.

  3. 3

    who gives a shit…

  4. 4

    ha of course perez would make you have the click read the rest of the entry to find out.. he needs to bolster site hits any way he can!

  5. 5

    Re: MsJules – …yet you still keep clicking :)

  6. 6

    I hated my name growing up bc my mom named me after her fav soap character, not the star but the character, so I would always tell people my name was Penelope or Matilda. To me it was better to have a silly name like that than be named after a character on Ryan's Hope!

  7. 7

    Most Terrorist

  8. 8

    Re: coffeemakergirl – Clara was my name in High School Spanish class. I liked it! It's a perfectly fine name.
    Re: HippyMamma – hahahahaha!

  9. Zena says – reply to this


    Masha'Allah Yasiin, God bless you brother.

  10. 10

    Re: ParisIsBurning – ignorant

  11. 11

    I liked the name Mos Def, that is a cool ass name.
    He is a very good actor, he needs to do more movies.

  12. 12

    Love this man.

  13. 13

    Is he going to fly some plane into a building….from 1st class?

  14. 14

    Re: Elron Hubbard - Con Man – dude fuck off

  15. 15

    We in our family have never been at a loss to assign nick-names to one another. What would be worrying is if we self-imposed more elevated loftier titles or reputations for social climbing. Why would any "person" pick the name "666" if they didn't want to be perceived as EVIL? Or "Perez Hilton" if they really weren't ORIGINAL and CLASSY? Who would crown THEMSELVES as "Queen of All Media" unless they really thought they were special and a know-it-all?
    What is funny is every time I think I'll visit this site, I say to myself, I wonder if ASSHOLE has posted anything new today?" That's how you are known to me, Piggy.

  16. 16

    Re: skyla1 – nope, I posted it as a comment, and then you don't have to click the read more because you can see it all when you post a comment from the beginning, rather then giving another extra click for the read more, so 2 clicks instead of 3 lol. ;)