Yasiin Bey Talks Fashion and HipHop with GQ [VIDEO]
The artist formally known as Mos Def, opened up in the latest issue of GQ on major changes in his life and career. In a behind the scenes video entitled; “I Am Yasiin Bey” he shares his thoughts on mens fashion, his own eclectic style, and why he changed is name.
Here are some highlights:
A Mos by Any Other Name…
“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.”
“When my paternal grandfather passed a few years back, I started to wear a shirt and tie every day, like he did. Michael Jackson’s death had a big impact on me, too. Right before the Ecstatic tour in 2009, I began wearing loafers and high-waisted pants. And that’s where my look started.”
So Fresh, So Clean
“I don’t have advice for people on how to dress. People should dress based on what they find beautiful. My best advice: Keep your clothes clean.”