Before becoming a star rapper, Mos Def was a TV actor. So the acting skills were there. But, of all thespian rappers, Mos Def is one of the most critically acclaimed actors of both film and stage. For his power-packed performance in the HBO movie Something The Lord Made, he was nominated for both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. And he won an Obie Award for his performance in the off-Broadway play F-----n' A.