Yasiin Bey Talks Style, Hip-Hop, Name Change With GQ

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Yasiin Bey (the man formerly known as Mos Def) landed a new GQ feature which spotlights his eclectic style and its connection to hip-hop, but he also takes some time but to explain why he's rolling with a new alias these days. Check out the highlights below.

On his name change: "I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I've been going by Yasiin since '99. At first it was just for friends and family, but now I'm declaring it openly."

On style: "I like drawing connections between pieces and patterns that would make someone else think,'Those two things would never go together.' Well, to me they do."

 Representing hip-hop through fashion: "Hip-hop is the last true folk art. I got involved with Ale et Ange because it represents hip-hop in a way that isn't pandering. It's nice to see something that's elegant, skillful, and raw.