Mos Def

Dante Terrell Smith (conceived December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, United States), presently known by the stage name Yasiin Bey (once in the past Mos Def), is a Grammy Award-designated rapper and on-screen character. He presently works under the nom de plum Yasiin Bey, and has performed under the nom de plumes Mighty Mos Def, The Freaky Night Watchman, Boogie Man, Black Dante and Pretty Flaco. He started rapping in a gathering called Urban Thermo Dynamics in 1994, and after that framed the couple Black Star with Talib Kweli in 1998. As a performance craftsman he has discharged the collections Black on Both Sides in 1999, The New Danger in 2004, True Magic in 2006 and The Ecstatic in 2009. At first perceived for his melodic yield, Mos Def’s screen work since the mid 2000s has set up him as one of just a bunch of rappers who have earned basic endorsement for their acting work.

Rap profession:

Mos Def started his performing profession on the network show The Cosby Mysteries in 1994. In 1994, Mos likewise started his music vocation, shaping the brief gathering Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD) with his more youthful sibling DCQ and his more youthful sister Ces. In spite of being marked to Payday Records, the gathering just discharged two singles and the gathering’s presentation collection, Manifest Destiny, did not come around until 2004 when discharged through Illson Media. In 1996 he rose as a performance craftsman, working with De La Soul and Da Bush Babees before discharging his own first single, “All inclusive Magnetic” which was a colossal underground hit. In the wake of marking with Rawkus Records, he and Talib Kweli discharged a full length collection under the band name Black Star, entitled Black Star. It was discharged in 1998, with Hi-Tek creating most of the tracks. Mos Def discharged his performance debut, Black on Both Sides, in 1999. Loaded up with tracks raving about the place where he grew up, Brooklyn and his adoration for Hip-Hop, Black on Both Sides likewise manages racial profiling of Black men in America, with the track Mr N**ga. Mos Def was likewise included on Rawkus’ persuasive The Lyricist Lounge and Soundbombing arrangement accumulations. After the breakdown of Rawkus, Def alongside Kweli marked on to Interscope/Geffen Records, who discharged his second collection The New Danger in 2004. In mid 2005 Mos Def was reputed to join Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella record mark, yet this was later denied by the craftsman himself guaranteeing “Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella could never enable me to discharge tunes I plan on putting out there. I ain’t down with that business non-sense. I’m going to manage the phony with my next collection, from George Bush to 50 Cent.” But, in the wake of making that remark, Mos Def was included rapping on a SUV business, supporting the GMC Denali. Mos Def is anticipated to discharge his keep going solo collection on Geffen Records, The Undeniable Free Flaco in mid 2006. His fourth studio collection The Ecstatic was discharged June 9, 2009 on Downtown Records. It fills in as Mos Def’s second most noteworthy outlining collection to date. Upon its discharge, The Ecstatic got general recognition from most music faultfinders, and it earned Mos Def a Grammy Award assignment for Best Rap Album. Moving Stone magazine named it the seventeenth best collection of 2009.

Effect on hip-hop

The masterful limits of hip-hop and rap music had been redefined by craftsmen, for example, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, and Public Enemy, whose music was more specifically refined and socially cognizant than that of their antecedents. By the mid 1990s in any case, this brand of rap had been overshadowed in fame by gangsta rap. Socially mindful rap music (elective hip hop) has encountered something of a renaissance in the late 1990s and now the 2000s, to a limited extent because of specialists, for example, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, The Roots and others. “Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are … Blackstar” Mos Def’s joint effort with Talib Kweli was discharged during the consequence of the passings of 2pac and The Notorious B.I.G. starting a resurrection of “mindful” and “shrewd” hip-hop. Def’s music frequently references his Islamic confidence and his conflict that dark specialists get little kudos for their job in the introduction of shake and move music.

On Mos Def’s 2004 collection The New Danger, the rapper took his propensity for experimentation to another dimension. Most of the tunes were progressively hip-hop enhanced stylings of Blues and Rock, with couple of real raps tossed in. This lost fans who were expecting another all out rap collection. The New Danger likewise highlighted the disputable tune “The Rape Over”, a spoof of Jay-Z’s The Blueprint hit “The Takeover”:

old white men is runnin this rap crap

corporate powers runnin this rap crap

some tall israeli is runnin this rap crap

we jab out our rear ends for an opportunity to trade out

cocaine, is runnin this rap crap

‘dro, ‘yac and e-pills is runnin this rap crap…

mtv is runnin this rap crap

viacom is runnin this rap crap

aol and time warner runnin this rap crap…

semi homosexuals is runnin this rap crap

The verses would appear to have scraped with higher-set administrators, who made Mos remove the melody from later arrivals of the collection, as far as anyone knows for “test freedom issues”.

In September 2005, Mos Def discharged the single “Katrina Clap” (using the instrumental for Juvenile’s “Nolia Clap”), a basic response to the absence of reaction by the Bush organization to the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. He likely picked the “Nolia Clap” instrumental in light of the fact that the rapper Juvenile hails from New Orleans, and the tune was a hit in the New Orleans territory before the tropical storm.

Mos Def additionally worked together with Kanye West on West’s track named “two words” and showed up in the music video.

Acting vocation

The primary long stretches of the 2000s have set up Mos Def as an outstanding entertainer. His exhibitions in Brown Sugar, Monster’s Ball, and the HBO made-for-TV film Something The Lord Made have been especially acclaimed by commentators. Having been assigned for a few honors, Mos at last got through, winning Best Actor, Independent Movie at the 2005 Black Reel Awards for his depiction of Sgt. Lucas in The Woodsman. He likewise handled the job of Ford Prefect in the hotly anticipated 2005 motion picture adaption of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Prominently, in 2002 he assumed the job of Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog, a Tony-named and Pulitzer-winning Broadway play. He has additionally been a melodic visitor and taken an interest in numerous plays on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show.

In 2004, he facilitated the MOBO grants in London, after the first moderator, Pharrell Williams hauled out at last.

He has been the host of the honor winning verbally expressed word show Def Poetry Jam since its initiation. The show’s 6th season publicized in February 2007.


  • 1998 Black Star (discharged with Talib Kweli under the name Black Star) Priority Records
  • 1999 Black on Both Sides Rawkus Records
  • 2004 The New Danger Geffen

o designated for Best Urban/Alternative

Execution, 47th Annual Grammy Awards

  • 2006 True Magic
  • 2009 THE Ecstatic Downtown Records
  • 2010 Mos Dub

Chosen Filmography

  • Cadillac Records (2009)
  • Be Kind Rewind (2008)
  • Talladega Nights (2006) (a fast appearance)
  • Dreamgirls (2006)
  • Bobby (2006)
  • The Brazilian Job (2006) (pre-generation)
  • 16 Blocks (2006)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
  • Lackawanna Blues (2005)
  • Something the Lord Made (2004)

o named for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, 56th Annual Emmy Awards

o named for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

  • Chapelle Show (? year) – Black Delegation Rep for Racial Draft
  • The Woodsman (2004)
  • The Italian Job (2003)
  • Brown Sugar (2002)
  • Civil Brand (2002)
  • Showtime (2002)
  • Monster’s Ball (2001)
  • Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)
  • Bamboozled (2000)
  • Where’s Marlowe? (1998)