What hip-hop artist started to go by the legal and stage name Yasiin Bey in 2012?
The Brooklyn-bred emcee and actor Mos Def announced he would begin to go by his legally changed name of Yasiin Bey beginning in 2012, although friends and family had used the new moniker for years before Bey’s public switch. What prompted this? Fame. “I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person,” he explained in an interview with GQ. Bey, a Muslim, borrowed the name from the 36th surah of the Qu’ran, titled “Ya Sin.” Sources: GQ, the Guardian
Yasiin Bey (/jæˈsiːn ˈbeɪ/) (born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def (/ˈmoʊs ˈdɛf/), is an American hip hop recording artist, actor and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Best known for his music.Mos Def has been vocal on several social and political causes, including police brutality, the idea of American exceptionalism, and the state of African Americans.