NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26:  Actor/recording artist Mos Def attends Blue Note Jazz Club on February 26, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Mos Def

Mos Def


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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