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Mos Def Tells GQ About His Style & Name Change + Azealia Banks Tells ROLLING STONE About Beyonce And Being Bi-SEXUAL

In the latest issue of GQ, rapper/actor Mos Def breaks down his thoughts on men's fashion, his own eclectic style, and dishes on his name change (Yasiin Bey).  And in Rolling Stone, Azealia Banks also talks her own lipstick and reveals her love for Beyonce.....and other ladies.  Deets inside........

 

Rapper Mos Def shot a few flicks with GQ and discussed some of the major changes in his life and career.  He revealed why he changed his name to Yasiin Bey and talked about his fashion collab with Ale et Ange.  Here are the 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."

Paying Homage
"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."

Honest Goods
"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."

Power Suits
"With guys I revere, like Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, their look is less about style than purpose and the expression of beauty. It wasn't just about being noticed, you know?"

Mix-n-Sorta-Match
"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."

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.

 

In other magazines.......

Sassy rapstress Azealia Banks chatted it up with Rolling Stone recently about her new MAC lipstick, Beyonce, and her sexuality.  Here are the highlights:

What does having a signature lipstick mean to you as an artist?
"Yung Rapunxel" represents what I'm all about: being myself, no matter what it costs. Yung Rapunxel is that girl who pisses people off but doesn't really mean to. She's actually a sweetheart! But people are so taken aback that she's so herself; she's not even trying to be unique or different. She literally just lives in her head; she does what she wants to do. So, the lipstick is here for someone who is happy to be themself.

Can you discuss how you developed Yung Rapunxel into a heightened alter-ego?
When I first started wearing long weaves – this was when I was about 16 and worked at Starbucks and could afford it, [because] before that, my parents wouldn't let me! – I bought this 24-inch-long weave. And you could not tell me that I was not the sexiest shit ever. I was like, "Oh my gosh, look at me." And I started calling myself Rapunzel; when I wrote "212," I randomly added the "Young" to it. Sometimes when you're writing, ideas just spring up randomly, and I realized "Yung Rapunxel" sounded so cool.

Your new video for "1991" really touches upon the steely, bionic videos of early Nineties house artists. What about vogue-ing and ball culture inspires you?
Well, I'm from Harlem. I went to art school; I grew up with the cunts. And that term doesn't come from me! People think I invented it, but I didn't. To be cunty is to be feminine and to be, like, aware of yourself. Nobody's fucking with that inner strength and delicateness. The cunts, the gay men, adore that. My friends would say, "Oh you need to cunt it up! You're being too banjee." Banjee means unrefined and rough. You need your cunts: they fix your hair for you and do your makeup. They give you confidence and give you life.


So do you feel a special affection for your gay fans?

Definitely. I mean, I'm bisexual, so it makes sense. But I don't want to be that girl who says all gays necessarily hang out together, of course! I have people say to me, "Oh wow, my friend is gay, too," and I'm like, "Yeah, so?"

Who did you admire growing up?
Aaliyah. And I love Beyonce – she's the queen of everything. She's the most remarkable performer and musician. And this is just my humble opinion, but I just think she's better than everyone else making music right now.

Are you still starstruck by her?
Yes, and I met her – and I cried! It was so embarrassing. It was at the Met Ball. I was fucking around with Kanye and she was sitting there, chilling and eating dinner. I freaked out. And I realized she saw me being a dummy and I started crying. Then I saw her expression, like, "Girl, get your shit together." I had to walk away and get myself together and pat my face, then come back to properly say hi! And if I meet her again someday, I'll probably cry again.

 

Azealia recently revealed that she's shooting a video for "Esta Noche."

 

Photos via Steven Pan

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Great another female rapper

Great another female rapper who claims their bi, and as soon as they become famous they flip to straight. Just be honest
Tren's picture

there is something about mos

there is something about mos def that i like...cant put my finger on it though!! DRAYAUNCUTT_COM
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Then I saw her expression,

Then I saw her expression, like, "Girl, get your shit together."...Wish I could've seen Beys face lol

I work for Universal records

I work for Universal records and everyone in the industry know that Bey is the greatest now even if they don't talk about it

Soo...Mos Def changed his

Soo...Mos Def changed his name because is technically MARRIED TO TWO DIFFERENT WOMEN...interesting!!!
tori's picture

That lipstick....No likey on

That lipstick....No likey on her even tho it's created with her in mind.
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i do not believe he is

i do not believe he is gay.... i mean just google kelsnetwork
reane's picture

OMG, whatever he is Mos Def

OMG, whatever he is Mos Def Sean Combs is Puffy...whatever...
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LADIES AND GENTS...DO NOT LET

LADIES AND GENTS...DO NOT LET THIS TROLL AZEILA BANKS FOOL YOU... SHE STOLE AND CONTINUES TO STEAL ALL OF HER IMAGING FROM OTHER ARTISTS, SPECIFICALLY FREDDY HEFNER, @FREDDHEADS. FROM THE RAPUNZEL TO MERMAID..SHE IS A BITER.. http://styleblazer.com/46068/azealia-banks-vs-freddy-hefner-coincidence-...

Cried?!!! Nawh Ni. LMAOOO

Cried?!!! Nawh Ni. LMAOOO
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I ♥ Mos.. err.. Yasiin Bey

I ♥ Mos.. err.. Yasiin Bey

lovvvvvvvvvve azalea banks, i

lovvvvvvvvvve azalea banks, i so get her. i just do

Omg Azealia actually likes

Omg Azealia actually likes somebody?!!! [GASP!!!] The only impression I have of her is that she hates everybody. I wasn't surprised however when she said she liked Aaliyah, because you can tell she tried to channel her a lil in the 1991 music video with her hair.
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azaliaehhrg or whatever her

azaliaehhrg or whatever her name is need to shut up that nasty mouth of hers with million teeth in it!!! Not cute at all...
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I dont get Azelia Banks but I

I dont get Azelia Banks but I guess thats the point. I saw her video the other day and I was actually astonished at how horrible it is. for all of her cockiness I expected so so so much more. It reminded me of that bootleg BET movie that lil kim and lisa raye did. wtf son? Im from harlem too, and have never heard anybody use the term cunt like that but whatever. Mos Def, or whatever his name is today.....come out with some new music and cut it out with the model shit. Rappers too busy posing to actually rap anymore. smh
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I love Mos Def. Azealia is

I love Mos Def. Azealia is talented. I just hope that going forward, she remains humble.
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I'm really feelin this girl!

I'm really feelin this girl! I like her style and she's a breath of fresh air in the industry.
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Even with his feet in that

Even with his feet in that position looking like a leprechaun, he still has that sex appeal. P.S The only thing Beyonce is the queen of is theft.
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Leprechaun in the Hood

Leprechaun in the Hood (thanks 4 making me think of that "movie") i wonder if anyone actually went to the theater and paid for that???????
LisaRaye's Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

If they paid to see

If they paid to see Soulplane, i'm sure nothing else is beneath them.
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Azelea <--- when i want your

Azelea <--- when i want your opinion on Crayonce'.... I'll give it to you
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

Mos Def is such a little

Mos Def is such a little cutie, he will FOREVER be Mos Def! I dig on his style, it's kind of André 3,000ish, but it looks GOOD on HIM! I DON'T give 2 FLYING F*CKS about Azealia "NO MONEY IN THE" Banks, but at least she recognizes BEYONCÉ's GREATNESS!!!
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I Love AB!!! Shout Out Yung

I Love AB!!! Shout Out Yung Rapunxel!!! Xo

Me too! Love her!

Me too! Love her!
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Hmmmmm.....I guess you're gay

Hmmmmm.....I guess you're gay with the fruity-zesty pic of yours......
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HA! You Small, Insignificant

HA! You Small, Insignificant People Are The Helium To My Ego Baloon!

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