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    Mos Def Biography

    Regarded as one of the most insightful artists of our time, musician, activist and actor Mos Def has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike with a celebrated body of work that has crossed all artistic genres -from music to the Broadway stage, film and television.

    In 1996, Mos Def and Talib Kweli formed Black Star, whose debut release would become one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of a generation.

    The following year Mos released his solo debut, Black On Both Sides, which was certified gold. In 2004 came The New Danger, which received a Grammy nomination for its first single, "Sex, Love and Money".

    Mos Def released True Magic in late 2006, which brought the artist another GRAMMY nomination for the album's first single "Undeniable."

    Mos has also appeared in a variety of film and TV projects including Monster's Ball, The Italian Job, and in the critically acclaimed HBO movie Something the Lord Made, for which he received nominations for a 2004 Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and NAACP Award. Mos has also acted in the feature films The Woodsman, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), 16 Blocks (2006), Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006), and Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind (2008).

    Mos completed his Broadway debut in 2002 in the Tony nominated, Pulitzer Prize winning, Topdog/Underdog and later starred in the off-Broadway play, Fucking A, for which he was awarded an Obie Award.

    Mos Def Bio from Discogs

    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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