Mos Def says that he is most definitely done with his name. While performing with Talib Kweli this weekend, he revealed that he giving up his moniker and changing it to Yasiin. “I’m retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I’m actually doing it,” he said. “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.” [Huffington Post]
With this, Mos Def joins an elite cadre of celebrities who changed their name mid-career. After the jump, a run-down.