Mos Def is one of the most creative, intelligent human beings I've had the opportunity to work with. He is fun. The entire time, he would go in and out of different characters, just for the fun of it. Awesome energy.
— Jill Scott

I can think of no one more relevant and credible in the hip-hop community to build upon def Jam's fantastic legacy and move the company into its next groundbreaking era.
Jay-Z def quote

I have inherited two of the most important brands in hip-hop, Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella. Reid and Universal Music Group have given me the opportunity to manage the companies I have contributed to my whole career. I feel this is a giant step for me and the entire artist community.
— Jay-Z

I'm retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I'm actually doing it.
— Mos Def

Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years it's a name that the streets taught me a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name and it's time to expand and move on.
— def quotation by Mos Def