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Mos Def Is Changing His Name!

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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

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