Mos Def

Rapper/Actor Though he first gained attention in 1998 as one half of Black Star—a rap group with fellow Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli—Mos Def (Dante Terrell Smith) has since become a star on the big screen as well. His performances in films like Monster's Ball, Brown Sugar, and The Italian Job have earned critical raves, along with his work in the play Top Dog/Underdog and as a frequent guest on The Dave Chapelle Show. An outspoken advocate of human rights, Mos Def (who now goes by the name Yasiin Bey) continues to release powerful music as a solo artist.

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Where Are They Now: The Cast of Monster's Ball

Halle won an Oscar, but what's up with the rest of the talent behind this 2001 hit?

Rap Name Changes

Boosie's back with a [old] new name. What do you think it is?

And The Nominees Are...

See who received nods for the 2014 Soul Train Awards.

Songs Paying Homage to the Badonkadonk

Music artists honoring the booty.

The Show: Jay Electronica

Some standout performances from the Roc Nation MC.

The Best Singing Performances by Rappers

These melodious moments are hip hop's most memorable.
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