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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Mos Def Returns With ‘Sensei on the Block’

Brooklyn MC gets busy with Ski Beatz-produced track.

Yasiin Bey Shouts Out Drake With 'Basquiat Ghostwriter'

Black Star MC releases new video, says "Free Shmurda."

Money Ain't a Thing: When Rappers Give Back

Fame and fortune means philanthropy to these hip hop stars.

Served: Music Stars and Child Support

Entertainers who have to pay child support.

Talib Kweli Drops 'B-Sides' Album Featuring Kanye West and More

Brooklyn MC unleashes surprise compilation 'Train of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases + Beautiful B-Sides, Volume One.'

Black Music Trivia Is Harder Than You Think

A new BET.com Black Music Month series will put fans to the test.
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