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Full Name Mos Def
Date of Birth December 11, 1973
Age 50 years, 3 months, 7 days
Birthplace Brooklyn
Birth City New York
Country United States
Horoscope Sagittarius

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Mos Def Biography

Mos Def is one of the most popular and richest Rapper who was born on December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Dante Smith was born in the United States. He is an actor, rapper, and activist. He is part of the Black Star duo with Born Dante Smith, he is a rapper, actor, and political activist who also goes by the name Yasiin Bey. He is one half of the duo Black Star with Talib Kweli and he has had prominent roles in several movies and TV shows, including Dexter, Be Kind Rewind, and The Italian Job.. He has played prominent roles in many movies and TV shows including Dexter and The Italian Job.

He appeared in the movie Cadillac Records with Adrien Broody.

Mos Def attended middle school at Philippa Schuyler Middle School 383 in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he picked up his love for acting. After returning from filming You Take the Kids in Los Angeles, and getting into a relationship with an older girl, Mos Def dropped out of high school during sophomore year. Growing up in New York City during the crack epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s, he has spoken about witnessing widespread instances of gang violence, theft and poverty in society, which he largely avoided by working on plays, Off-Off-Broadway and arts programs. In a particularly traumatic childhood experience, Mos Def witnessed his then five-year-old younger brother Ilias Bey (b. Denard Smith) get hit by a car. Bey, who later adopted the alias DCQ, was described by Smith as “my first partner in hip hop”.

Prior to his career in music, Mos Def entered public life as a child actor, having played roles in television movies, sitcoms and theater, some of which were under the name Dante Beze. At the age of 14, he appeared in the TV movie God Bless the Child, starring Mare Winningham, 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, Bill Cosby’s sidekick on the short-lived detective show, The Cosby Mysteries. In 1996 he also starred in a Visa check card commercial featuring Deion Sanders. In 1997 he had a small role alongside Michael Jackson in his short film and music video Ghosts (1997).

With his first wife Maria Yepes in 1996, he had two children named Jauhara or Chandani. In 2005, he married Alana Wyatt, a model. However, the couple split shortly thereafter.

NameMos Def
First NameMos
Last NameDef
OccupationRapper
BirthdayDecember 11
Birth Year1973
Place of BirthBrooklyn
Home TownNew York
Birth CountryUnited States
Birth SignSagittarius
Full/Birth Name
FatherNot Available
MotherNot Available
SiblingsNot Available
SpouseAlana Wyatt , Maria Yepes
Children(s)Jauhara Smith, Chandani Smith

Ethnicity, religion & political views

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Mos Def began his music career in 1994, forming the group UTD (or Urban Thermo Dynamics) along with younger brother DCQ and younger sister Ces. In 2004, they released the album Manifest Destiny, their first and only release to date. The album features a compilation of previously unreleased and re-released tracks recorded during the original UTD run.

Mos Def Net Worth

Mos Def is one of the richest Rapper from United States. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Mos Def's net worth $1.5 Million.* (Last Update: February 3, 2024)

He was part of the urban musical group Urban Thero Dynamics.

His album The Ecstatic won him a Grammy Award in 2010.

Net Worth (2024)$1.5 Million
Net Worth in 2023$1.5 Million
SalaryUnder Review
Source of IncomeRapper
CarsNot Available
HouseLiving in own house.
N.B: * means unconfirmed

Mos Def married Maria Yepes in 1996. He filed for divorce from Yepes in 2006. The former couple made headlines when Yepes took Mos Def to court over failure in child-support obligations, paying $2,000 short of the monthly $10,000 he is ordered to pay. Mos Def has four other children.

In 1996, Mos Def emerged as a solo artist and worked with De La Soul and Da Bush Babees, before he released his own first single, “Universal Magnetic” in 1997.

Mos Def's Height & Physical Stats

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About.com ranked him #14 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time, while The Source ranked him #23 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. AllMusic called him one of the most promising rappers to emerge in the late 1990s, as well as one of hip-hop’s brightest hopes entering the 21st century. Mos Def has influenced numerous hip hop artists throughout his career, including Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica, Kid Cudi, and Saigon. Kendrick Lamar has also mentioned Mos Def as a very early inspiration and someone he listened to “coming up” as a young rapper, though he denied being a part of the conscious rap movement.

Mos Def released his solo debut album Black on Both Sides in October 1999, also through Rawkus. The single “Ms. Fat Booty” charted, while the album reached #25 on the Billboard 200. Around this time he also contributed to the Scritti Politti album Anomie & Bonhomie.

Who is Mos Def Dating?

According to our records, Mos Def married to Alana Wyatt , Maria Yepes. As of February 1, 2024, Mos Def’s is not dating anyone.

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Mos Def signed with Rawkus Records and formed the rap group Black Star with Talib Kweli. The duo released an album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, in 1998. Mostly produced by Hi-Tek, the album featured the singles “Respiration” and “Definition”, which both reached in the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Interesting Facts about Mos Def

  1. Mos Def was born on December 11, 1973.
  2. He started his music career in the early 1990s.
  3. His debut album “Black on Both Sides” was released in 1999.
  4. Mos Def has won several awards including a Grammy Award.
  5. He has acted in numerous films and TV shows.
  6. Mos Def changed his name to Yasiin Bey in 2012.
  7. He is known for his socially conscious lyrics and activism.
  8. Mos Def has collaborated with many notable artists such as Talib Kweli and Kanye West.
  9. He has sold over one million albums worldwide.
  10. In recent years, he has focused more on acting than music.

Facts & Trivia

Mos Ranked on the list of most popular Rapper. Also ranked in the elit list of famous people born in United States. Mos Def celebrates birthday on December 11 of every year.

Mos Def is well known for his left-wing political views. In 2000, Mos Def performed a benefit concert for death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Where is Mos Def?

Mos Def, or Bey as he know prefers, has been living in Cape Town since May 2013, according to a South African newspaper, The Mail & Guardian.

Why is it called Mos Def?

That’s it,” he told MTV2’s Sucker Free. “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.

Is Mos Def in Gorillaz?

Role in Gorillaz Mos Def provided vocals for the Gorillaz tracks Stylo and Sweepstakes from Gorillaz’ third studio album Plastic Beach. Since then he joined Gorillaz on Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, Humanz Tour and The Now Now Tour.

Why did Mos Def change his name to Yasiin?

During the interview (photo by Steven Pan/GQ), the rapper explained why he decided to switch his name and how it stemmed from materialistic pressures. “I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I’ve been going by Yasiin since ’99,” he said.

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  1. Yasiin Bey (; born Dante Terrell Smith, December 11, 1973), more commonly known by his former stage name Mos Def (), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor..

  2. Yasiin Bey was born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Sheron Smith and Abdulrahman Smith..

  3. Growing up in New York City, during the crack epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s, he has spoken about witnessing widespread instances of gang violence, theft, and poverty in society, which he largely avoided by working on plays, Off-Off-Broadway and arts programs..

  4. At the age of 14, he appeared in the TV movie God Bless the Child, starring Mare Winningham, which aired on ABC in 1988..

  5. AllMusic called him one of the most promising rappers to emerge in the late 1990s, and one of hip-hop's brightest hopes entering the 21st century..

  6. He played the oldest child in the 1990 family sitcom You Take the Kids, shortly before it was cancelled..

  7. His hip hop career began in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD), after which they appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul..

  8. Bey began his music career in 1994, forming the group UTD (or Urban Thermo Dynamics) along with younger brother DCQ and high-school friend Ces..

  9. In 1995, he played the character Dante, Bill Cosby's sidekick on the short-lived detective show The Cosby Mysteries..

  10. In 1996, he starred in a Visa check card commercial featuring Deion Sanders..

  11. In 1996, Bey emerged as a solo artist and worked with De La Soul and Da Bush Babees, before he released his own first single, "Universal Magnetic" in 1997..

  12. Bey married Maria Yepes in 1996..

  13. He also had a small role alongside Michael Jackson in his short film and music video Ghosts (1997). .

  14. The duo released an album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, in 1998..

  15. He formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, and in 1998 they released their debut album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, featuring the singles "Definition" and "Respiration"..

  16. It was created in response to the 1999 police shooting of Amadou Diallo, and sought to accumulate 41 artists to the roster, one to match each of the 41 gunshots fired on Diallo. .

  17. Bey released his solo debut album Black on Both Sides in October 1999, also through Rawkus..

  18. He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in 1999 released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides..

  19. In 2000, he performed a benefit concert for death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal..

  20. In 2000, paired with Talib Kweli, Bey organized the Hip Hop for Respect project to speak out against police brutality..

  21. Since the early 2000s, he has appeared in the films 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 and in television series such as Dexter and House..

  22. In 2001, he took a supporting role to Beyoncé Knowles and Mehki Phifer in the MTV movie Carmen: A Hip Hopera as Lt..

  23. In 2002, he played the role of Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog, a Tony-nominated and Pulitzer-winning Broadway play..

  24. In 2002, he released the 12" single Fine, which was featured in the Brown Sugar Motion Picture Soundtrack..

  25. In January 2002, Rawkus Records was taken over by Geffen Records, which released his second solo album The New Danger in October 2004..

  26. He hosted Def Poetry Jam from 2002 to 2007. .

  27. He played Left Ear in the 2003 film The Italian Job..

  28. His debut was followed by The New Danger (2004), True Magic (2006), and The Ecstatic (2009)..

  29. In 2004, they released the album Manifest Destiny, their first and only release to date..

  30. In May 2005, Bey, Talib Kweli, R&B singer Martin Luther and City Councilman Charles Barron approached New York City Hall, demanding the withdrawal of the $1 million bounty for Assata Shakur..

  31. In September 2005, Bey released the single "Katrina Clap", renamed "Dollar Day" for True Magic (utilizing the instrumental for New Orleans rappers UTP's "Nolia Clap")..

  32. He then landed the role of Ford Prefect in the 2005 movie adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. .

  33. Bey won "Best Actor, Independent Movie" at the 2005 Black Reel Awards for his portrayal of Detective Sgt..

  34. Mos Def's final solo album for Geffen Records, titled True Magic, was released in 2006..

  35. In October 2006, Bey appeared on 4Real, a documentary television series..

  36. He filed for divorce from Yepes in 2006..

  37. In 2006, Bey appeared in Dave Chappelle's Block Party alongside Black Star partner Talib Kweli, while also contributing to the film's soundtrack..

  38. On September 7, 2007, Bey appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher where he spoke about racism against African Americans, citing the government response to Hurricane Katrina, the Jena Six case, and the murder conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal..

  39. In 2007, Bey narrated the PBS-broadcast documentary Prince Among Slaves. .

  40. On November 7, 2007, Bey performed live in San Francisco at The Mezzanine venue..

  41. In 2008, Bey starred in the Michel Gondry movie Be Kind Rewind, playing a video rental store employee whose best friend is played by co-star Jack Black..

  42. In April 2008, he appeared on the title track for a new album by The Roots titled Rising Down..

  43. The new single, Life In Marvelous Times, was made officially available through iTunes on November 4, 2008, and was also available for stream on the Roots' website Okayplayer. .

  44. He appeared on Real Time again on March 27, 2009, and spoke about the risk of nuclear weapons..

  45. In April 2009, Bey traveled to South Africa for the first time, and performed with The Robert Glasper Experiment at the renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival..

  46. The shoes were released through Foot Locker stores on August 1, 2009, in limited amounts..

  47. The album was released on June 9, 2009; but only Madlib's production had made the cut, along with tracks by Preservation, The Neptunes, Mr..

  48. In 2009, he worked with Somali-Canadian rapper K'naan to produce the track "America" for K'naan's album Troubadour..

  49. He was also in the 2009 film Next Day Air. .

  50. In 2009, he appeared in the House episode titled "Locked In" as a patient suffering from locked-in syndrome..

  51. In late 2009, he created his own clothing line with the "UNDRCRWN" brand called the "Mos Def Cut & Sew Collection"..

  52. In 2010, he appeared on the children's show Yo Gabba Gabba! as Super Mr..

  53. In March 2010, Bey's song "Quiet Dog Bite Hard" was featured in Palm's "Life moves fast..

  54. In June 2010, he recorded a cover of the classic New Orleans song originally by Smokey Johnson, "It Ain't My Fault" with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lenny Kravitz and Trombone Shorty. .

  55. In September 2010, after appearing on Kanye West's G..

  56. In September 2011, the rapper announced that he legally changed his name to Yasiin Bey and would go by that name, retiring his Mos Def moniker..

  57. In 2011, he began a multi-episode appearance on the sixth season of Showtime television series Dexter..

  58. In September 2011, Bey joined the cast of the environmental children's hip hop musical Pacha's Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature as narrator..

  59. In January 2012, it was reported that Bey and Talib Kweli had begun "to resurrect" Black Star..

  60. In July 2013, he appeared in a short film released by the human rights organization Reprieve, depicting the forced-feeding methods used at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps..

  61. That month, he was charged with using an unrecognized World Passport and having lived illegally in South Africa since 2014..

  62. In 2015, Bey was featured on A$AP Rocky's second studio album At..

  63. Bey again revived his Mos Def moniker for two new songs in August 2015, titled "Basquiat Ghostwriter" and "Sensei on the Block", respectively..

  64. In January 2016, Bey was ordered to leave South Africa and not return for five years, having stayed in the country illegally on an expired tourist visa granted in May 2013..

  65. He was allowed to leave South Africa on November 22, 2016, but he was barred from coming back..

  66. In March 2016, it was announced that he had been attached to star in "his last live-action film", The Disconnected, a science fiction thriller dealing with policing, identity, and the intersection of technology and humanity..

  67. In January 2016, Bey announced his retirement from the music and the film industries on Kanye West's website..

  68. On December 5, 2016, he announced the title of two albums, Negus in Natural Person and As Promised, the latter of which is a collaboration with Southern hip hop producer Mannie Fresh, initially titled OMFGOD..

  69. In November 2016, he was granted the ability to leave but not reenter South Africa and was put on "South Africa's 'undesirable persons' list"..

  70. In October 2016, a planned concert in London was cancelled due to travel restrictions imposed on the artist; other European dates suffered the same fate..

  71. On January 19, 2016, Bey announced his retirement from both the music and film industries on Kanye West's website: "I'm retiring from the music recording industry as it is currently assembled today, and also Hollywood, effective immediately..

  72. His claims of retirement were seen as questionable as he played shows on September 13, 2017, at the Fox Theater in Oakland as part of Black Star and performed on Gorillaz' Humanz World Tour, performing "Stylo" with Peven Everett, who filled in for Bobby Womack, who died in 2014..

  73. In February 2018, Bey announced, on stage, a new Black Star studio album, produced by Madlib, would be released in 2018..

  74. In September 2018, Bey and advertising executive Free Richardson opened an art exhibition to the public in an art gallery in the South Bronx, called the Compound, centered around hip-hop and fine art..

  75. On June 28, 2019, Bey appeared on Bandana, an album by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, alongside Black Thought, on a track named "Education"..

  76. In March 2019, he debuted his album, ንጉሥ (pronounced Negus) at a listening session as part of Art Basel Hong Kong..

  77. In November 2019, he stated that unreleased music, such as his collaborative album with Mannie Fresh, was still "on deck" for release..

  78. In 2021, he launched "The Midnight Miracle" podcast on Luminary, along with Dave Chappelle and Talib Kweli..

  79. The album titled No Fear of Time was released via Luminary on May 3, 2022..

  80. In April 2022, a release date for the long-awaited Black Star project was officially announced..