Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
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Black On Both Sides
Brown - Dark
Alternative Rap, Underground Rap, Political Rap, East Coast Rap
Earnest, Cerebral, Literate, Street-Smart, Reflective, Sophisticated, Passionate, Confident, Provocative, Confrontational
Actor/Actress, Producer, Music Department
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Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973) is an American actor and MC known by the stage name Mos Def. Mos Def started his hip hop career in a group called Urban Thermo Dynamics, after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. With Talib Kweli, he formed the duo Black Star, who released the album Black Star in 1998. He was a major force in the late 1990s underground hip hop explosion spearheaded by Rawkus Records. As a solo artist he has released the albums Black on Both Sides in 1999, The New Danger in 2004, True Magic in 2006, and The Ecstatic in 2009. Initially recognized for his musical output, Mos Def`s screen work since the early 2000s has established him as one of only a handful of rappers who have garnered critical approval for their acting work. Mos Def has also been active on several social and political issues and was particularly vocal in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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www.myspace.com/mosdef, www.discogs.com/artist/Dante+Smith, www.interscope.com/mosdef
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Dante Terrell Smith
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1991 – present, 1994–present
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Vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, sampler, drums
Downtown, GOOD Music (current), Rawkus, Priority, Geffen (former)
Black Star, Blakroc, Gorillaz, Kanye West, Massive Attack, Native Tongues Posse, Pharoahe Monch, Soulquarians
GOOD Music, Downtown (current)
Talib Kweli, The Roots, Anwar Superstar
Downtown (current), Rawkus, Priority, Geffen, GOOD Music (former)
UTD, Dec 99th, Black Jack Johnson, Busta Rhymes, Madlib, Mannie Fresh, Selda Bağcan
Yasiin Bey (born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def (), is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist. Best known for his music, Mos Def embarked on his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD), after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. He subsequently formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, and they released their eponymous debut album in 1998. He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in 1999 released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides. His debut was followed by The New Danger (2004), True Magic (2006) and The Ecstatic (2009). The editors at About.com listed him as the 14th greatest emcee of all time on their "50 greatest MC's of our time" list.
Ferrari Sheppard, De La Soul, Oh No!
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