Real Name:
Dante Terrell Smith
Brooklyn, NYC-based rapper of Trinidadian descent, Dante "Beze" Terrell Smith (better known simply as Mos Def) is also making a career as a Hollywood actor.

Born: 11 December 1973 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA.

He first gained interest as part of the group Urban Thermo Dynamics with his younger brother DCQ and sister Ces. Has since worked with many respected artists from many different genres, notably with Talib Kweli together as group Black Star.

Also known as Yasiin Bey since he handed his old name Mos Def to TV pundit Stephen Colbert after appearing on his TV show "The Colbert Report".

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December 14, 2004
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One of the most important figure in hiphop music and culture, the Mighty Mos Def can not be tested. As an accomplished lyricist, Mos Def has worked with just about anyone you can think of in the 'underground' hiphop world ( the Roots, Talib Kwelli, De La Soul, Common, etc). As a pop culture icon, Mos Def is quickly becoming a house hold name as he has appeared in movies and televisions shows.

If you haven't heard the Black Star album, Black on Both Sides, or anything else from the Might Mos, the you don't know what you've been sleeping on.

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