Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Multi-talented rapper and actor, Yasiin Bey formerly known as Mos Def opens up to GQ  this month about his unique style.

The Brooklyn native credits his grandfather, civil rights pioneers and the “gloved one” as inspiration and  says the best advice he can give is to “keep your clothes cleans.”

Check it out…

On taking cues from African American historical figures…

“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?”

On being a “shirt and tie” kind of guy…

“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.”

Click here for the full interview plus video