Mos Def

~ Person

Legal name: Dante Smith


Yasiin Bey /jæˈsiːn ˈbeɪ/ (born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973), better known by his former stage name Mos Def /ˈmoʊs ˈdɛf/, is an American actor and hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He is the host of Def Poetry Jam which aired on HBO between 2002 and 2007. Best known for his music, Mos Def began his hip hop career in 1994 in the short-lived rap group UTD or Urban Thermo Dynamics, after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. Alongside Talib Kweli, he formed the duo Black Star, which released the album Black Star in 1998. He was a major force in late-1990s underground hip hop while with Rawkus Records. As a solo artist he has released the albums Black on Both Sides in 1999, The New Danger in 2004, True Magic in 2006, and The Ecstatic in 2009.

Prior to his career in music, Mos Def entered public light as a child actor, having played roles in television movies, sitcoms and theater, some of which under the name Dante Beze. At the age of 14, he appeared in the TV movie God Bless the Child which aired on ABC in 1988. He played the oldest child in the 1990 family sitcom, You Take the Kids, shortly before it was cancelled. In 1995, he played the character "Dante" in The Cosby Mysteries. Since the early 2000s, Mos Def is 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, and his portrayal of Brother Sam in the American drama series Dexter. Mos Def has also been vocal on several social and political causes.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 Black on Both Sides Mos Def 4.5 2
2004 The New Danger Mos Def 4 3
2006 True Magic Mos Def 3 1
2009 The Ecstatic Mos Def 4.25 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 We Are Hip Hop. Me. You. Everybody Compilation Mos Def 1
2004 Mos Definite Compilation Mos Def 2
2006 Universal B-Boy Compilation Mos Def 1
2006 Universal B-Boy, Part 2 Compilation Mos Def 1
2008 Universal B-Boy, Part 3 Compilation Mos Def 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Universal Magnetic Mos Def 2
1998 Body Rock Mos Def 1
1998 Travellin' Man Mos Def 1
1999 Ms. Fat Booty / Mathematics Mos Def 2
2002 Wylin Out Mos Def, Diverse, Prefuse 73 1
2002 I Against I Massive Attack & Mos Def 1
2004 Sex, Love & Money / Ghetto Rock Mos Def 1
2005 Ah Ha / Bright as the Stars Mos Def / Black Star 1
2006 Undeniable / There Is a Way Mos Def 1
2010 Lord Lord Lord Kanye West feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson 1
2010 Don't Look Down Kanye West feat. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean 3 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Oh No: DJ Hype Remix Remix Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch feat. Nate Dogg 1
2001 Oh No (John B Remixes) Remix Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch feat. Nate Dogg 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Mos Def EP Mos Def 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 À la modeliste Mark Ronson feat. Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, The Dap-Kings & Joseph Modeliste 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Bronx Meets Brooklyn Mos Def & Minnesota 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 Jam on It Remix Mos Def 2

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