Mos Def

Mos Def

 

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Yasiin Bey (/jæˈsn ˈb/; born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def (/ˈms ˈdɛf/), is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist. Best known for his music, Mos Def embarked on his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD), after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. He subsequently formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, and they released their eponymous debut album in 1998. He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in 1999 released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides. His debut was followed by The New Danger (2004), True Magic (2006) and The Ecstatic (2009).[1] The editors at About.com listed him as the 14th greatest emcee of all time on their "50 greatest MC's of our time" list.[2]

Prior to his career in music, Mos Def first entered public life as a child actor, having played roles in television movies, sitcoms, and theater. Since the early 2000s, Mos Def has been well known for his roles in films such as Something the Lord Made, Next Day Air, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 16 Blocks, Be Kind Rewind, The Italian Job, The Woodsman, Bamboozled and Brown Sugar, as well as for his portrayal of Brother Sam in the Showtime drama series Dexter. He is also known as the host of Def Poetry Jam, which aired on HBO between 2002 and 2007.

Mos Def has been vocal on several social and political causes, including police brutality, the idea of American exceptionalism, and the state of African Americans.

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Highlights10

16 Blocks
 
16 Blocks is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Richard Donner.
The Ecstatic
 
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Begin Again
 
Begin Again is a 2013 American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

Photos - Mos Def767

People Recently Photographed with Mos Def1

Popular Albums6

Album Appearances & References97

Popular Songs6

Song Appearances & References16

Musical Groups1

Films28

TV Shows13

Collaborators & Influencers38

Other Music-Related Relationships13

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships4

Awards & Nominations31

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Videos32

Spotify - Albums & Singles46

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles7

Yasiin Bey Stopped Talib Kweli From Taking A Break From Music
  –  March 23, 2018
Looks like Talib Kweli was going to take a break from making music after releasing his latest solo album ... As the Dallas Observer reports: “Then Mos Def is out here making announcements and shit,” Kweli jokes, referring to Mos Def’s premature ...
Yasiin Bey Is Coming Out Of Retirement To Make A New Black Star Album With Talib Kweli And Madlib
  –  February 12, 2018
Back in 2016, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) announced his retirement from music after some legal trouble in South ... with Kweli to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the only Black Star album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star.
Audio: Michel Gondry and Mos Def Talk at the Apple Store
  –  January 8, 2018
After my interview, the music video turned film director made an appearance at the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco which was moderated by SF360’s Susan Gerhard, and featuring a surprise appearance by Be Kind Rewind star Mos Def. I was in attendance ...
Yasiin Bey Stopped Talib Kweli From Taking A Break From Music
  –  March 23, 2018
Looks like Talib Kweli was going to take a break from making music after releasing his latest solo album but Yasiin Bey interfered with that. READ: Yasiin Bey Announces New Black Star Album For 2018 Kweli was in Dallas, Texas for a performance but was ...
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Dave Chappelle crash Madlib DJ set: Watch
  –  February 23, 2018
When last we heard from the prolific producer otherwise known as Otis Jackson Jr., he was welcoming Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def ... big moment for me,” likely referring to his return to music this year. Chappelle, who’s been performing at San Francisco ...
Yasiin Bey Is Coming Out Of Retirement To Make A New Black Star Album With Talib Kweli And Madlib
  –  February 12, 2018
Back in 2016, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) announced his retirement from music after some legal trouble in South ... with Kweli to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the only Black Star album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star.
Talib Kweli Hints at Kanye West & Yasiin Bey Collaboration
  –  February 1, 2018
With a solo album, G.O.O.D. Music compilation, and Kid Cudi joint project presumably in the works, there is now speculation of a Black Star-Yeezy collaboration. On Wednesday (Jan. 31), Talib Kweli shared a photo of Kanye, Yasiin Bey, and Dave Chappelle.

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