Posted in hiphop | music | tour dates on September 20, 2011

by BBG

The artist soon to be formerly known as Mos Def
at Rock The Bells (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mos Def

Countdown is on. Only 3 months and 10 days left of "Mos Def":

Following a lengthy line of rappers that have hung up their show names, rapper Mos Def says he's definitely giving up his rhyme alias come 2012.... the artist born Dante Smith revealed that he's changing his name to Yasiin. After more than a decade in the business, though, he won't be mad is you slip up and call him "Mos."
"No, no, not at all... 'Mos Def' is a name that I built and cultivated through the years... I feel that I've done quite a bit with that name. It's time to expand and move on."
...He's usually credited as Mos Def during cast listings. But his several identities will soon just be that one.
"I also don't want to have to deal with having any moniker or any separation between the self that I see and what [people refer to me as]," he continued.
At press time, his publicist wasn't able to confirm what Mos' full name will be after it's changed or if he'll simply just be Yasiin. -[EW]
Anyway, Yasiin is currently on the road with Talib Kweli as Black Star until early October. They play two shows in Chicago Friday night and will hit Irving Plaza in NYC on 10/5. Tickets are still available. All dates are listed below.

In other Talib Kweli and Mos De.. -ahem- Yasiin news, the pair will also cross paths on 10/8 at the previously mentioned Restoration Rocks! Music Festival on Fulton Street between Marcy & Brooklyn Ave. The FREE show, now with an expanded lineup, kicks off at noon and will close at 5PM, featuring appearances from Idle Warship (with Kweli), Pharoahe Monch, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra with Mos Def. Flyer is below. More Mos Def & Philharmonic appearances listed HERE.

Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch will also cross paths at the just-announced Duck Down vs Blacksmith CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/22 with Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Jean Grae, Smif N Wessun, Kidz in the Hall, Promise, and a Statik Selektah "Population Control" All-Star Set. Tickets go on sale at noon on 9/23, or you can use your CMJ badge (if you're one of the first 150 to try and do so). Flyer below.

All Black Star tour dates and flyers below.

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Restoration Rocks 2011

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BLACK STAR - 2011 TOUR DATES
09.20 Mansfield, Mass., Rock the Bells Festival
09.21 Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall
09.22 Cleveland, House of Blues
09.23 Chicago, House of Blues
09.25 San Diego, House of Blues
09.27 Miami, The Fillmore
09.28 Atlanta, Tabernacle
09.29 Charlotte, N.C., The Fillmore
10.01 Myrtle Beach, S.C., House of Blues
10.05 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10.06 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
10.29 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
11.03 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
11.04 Charlotte, NC - Fillmore
11.05 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
11.11 Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room

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Comments (26)

just don't call him late for his turn at the BONG

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 6:28 PM

changing your name doesn't get you out of paying child support, ya bum

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 6:29 PM

black star at knitting factory...remember that? or at summerstage?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 6:34 PM

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 6:35 PM

he is changing his name to ron artest

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 6:48 PM

I'm changing my name to Sabriin

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 6:50 PM


Dante Terrell Smith or Dante Beze?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 8:17 PM

He's been a pretentious douche for a long time now, this just brings things full circle.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 8:38 PM

Nit sure how relevant this is, but I've been debating on changing my name to mos chickpea.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 8:50 PM

8:38 really nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 8:53 PM

I thought he would choose MC Hummus

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:01 PM

changing it to most definitely

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 11:29 PM

Moist Derp/Yassuh! did 9/11.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 2:57 AM

Douche.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 4:03 AM

anything for attention. DOUCHE!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 9:43 AM

Ernest Goes To Camop was a sick movie, yasiin??

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 10:13 AM

"Camp".....yasiin that typo?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 10:14 AM

Yeah, sick of these actors that think they can have another career in music.
(yes, that is meant as ironic, dorkus)

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 10:30 AM

I always confuse Mos Def with Reese Witherspoon.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 11:10 AM

Better than Chad Ochocinco or Metta World Peace.

C'mon, you know I really nailed it with this one, 8:53!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 11:25 AM

I remember seeing Blackstar at S.O.B.'s in 2000. I am pretty sure tickets were not $54. Would love to see that but, wow, that is way too much money.

Posted by gone gardens | September 21, 2011 12:13 PM

you know whats a good price for a show, spin doctors at brooklyn bowl oct 23rd 10 dollars a ticket. ya heard!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 12:36 PM

Daunte u read to/for me with conviction u would draw in a minute how well do u remember? "Sharon,Val and Ingrid" hope to c u soon

Posted by ingrid quallis | November 14, 2011 9:10 PM

To each n every one out there i have known this young man from kindergarden a shy youngster with a bright smile always willing to read something anything mom fought hard and brought him to standard dad a MUSLIM i am very proud of him and his acheivements whatever he chooses to do with his personal life let it b he will always b our Shepherd can we say thanks much 4 d show biz

Posted by ingrid quallis | January 3, 2012 8:49 AM

can u posy your 2012 NY visit

Posted by ingrid quallis | May 15, 2012 3:51 AM

i am actually going, I want early buzz and music.. woo. hot ladies expect a handsome guy there.

Posted by Glass Doors Home | October 4, 2012 2:58 AM

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