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Mos Def-iant -- Rapper Knocks Around Photog

8/16/2007 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Another night in Hollywood, another celebrity skirmish.

TMZ cameras were rolling in front of Hyde nightclub last night, when outspoken rapper/actor Mos Def went face to face with a paparazzi who snapped his photo in front of the world famous celebrity hotspot. Pissed off that the photog wouldn't delete the shot, Mos first used his words to try and convince the guy to do what he wanted saying, "I'm not from around here" and "You're violating my space." That technique didn't pan out.

Just when it seemed that Mos was going to give up and walk away, one of the rapper's sneaky pals got behind the photog and tried to forcefully snatch the camera away. The photog, who ain't exactly a little guy, held on for dear life.

That's when Mos jumped in -- trying to grab the camera from the other side and jerking the snapper around, until he realized that the other cameras were recording the whole thing. Mos then ran up to the TMZ photog and explained, "I'm not trying to damage nuthin' ... I just want him to erase the photo. I'm not hurting him, I just want him to erase my photo and knock it off."

Obviously, the photog never deleted the shot.


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Note to celebrities: if you don't wish to have your photo taken, don't go to the hot spots such as Hyde or Nobu or the Ivy. If you want to remain private then go to a low key spot that is not a photo op place such as Denny's or iHop. I am so tired of these celebrities complaining about the photographers. Don't go to Hollywood clubs then. idiots.

2523 days ago


Who the F is this guy? Never heard of him. NEXT

2523 days ago

Lenn K.    

So whatelse is new in the rapper's world other than murder, drugs and disrepecting women. It's hard to believe after all the great music from the black community this is what's been taking over for the last l0 to 15 years. No talent and no hope!!

2523 days ago


Lenn K you don't know JACK - Mos Def doesn't fall into your stereotype - nice try though. Dude was wrong for crawling on the pap, but the stalking photogs can grind the nerves of celebs. I'll call it the price for being a stalker!

2523 days ago


Why would anyone want to take a pix of these low-lifes - we don't want to see them......take them back to NYC!

2523 days ago


no law against taking pictures in public there son. Just smile and walk away.

2523 days ago

Fred Flintstoned    

People do your research before you start making negative statements about a guy just because he's a rapper...smh

2523 days ago

Big Dude    

Yes, MOs Def leads the :positive' rap movement. Of course, he's still a deabeat dad to his bastard kids but then that's to be expected, isn't it?

2523 days ago


It's good to see some photogs getting bashed about

2523 days ago


I agree. People should know who they are talking about before they through the stereotype on him just because they said he was a rapper. He is a rapper that actually speaks about something other then B*&*^ , hoes, money, bling, and sex. His rapping is more on the lines of Common. He is usually a very positive person and if someone even a papazzi push you to far it will make you do something totally out of character. I also agree that when a celebrity is not at an event they shouldn't be allowed to be all up in there faces snapping shots and video taping them. Just like it is against the law to video tape your neighbor with out his or her permission it really should be the same for the celebrities unless it is an event.

2523 days ago


as someone who use to live in LA, there are so many great spots to party where the paps aren't around. the pap was standing there b/c that's THE place to go (for now), i highly doubt he was there b/c he heard mos def was there. and he said 'photo'. meaning what, he took one shot probably just in case mos does something w. his career.

2523 days ago


Yes, there is a price to pay when the Paps, get too close. Only in LA is this allowed to happen.

2523 days ago

Lenn K.    

I did google Mos Def bio and I will say that I was wrong, I did read some of lyrics and they are anti-white, anti-gay, anti- Jewish and anti-gay. I might be wrong about judging someone I did know, but most rap music is so destructive to the black community that blacks will standup for certain rappers even though he hurting young lives!!

2523 days ago

mike m    

in response to elli, casa blanca & lenn k. it's obvious you are ignorant about mos def. mos def has been in televison and movies all while doing his music career which by the way is void of any misogyny and violence. if you don't know who is mos def then you need to crawl out from the rock you are living under. and for your information, it is white teenagers from middle America who has made hip hop the corporate conglomerate it is today. hip hop has broken the barriers of the drug & violence ridden ghettos and is probably in your kids' ipods right now. educate yourself.

2523 days ago


Mos Def, please don't be angry. You act nice, you get more fans like this, you act a fool, you lose respect. Putting a fist in your face and a camera are two very, very different things.

Your from New York, so you understand "turf". You in Hollywood or LA, your on different turf. That's how they roll, snapping pictures for people like me to look at! You don't like it, stay in places where they do not do that.

Secondly, you had no reason to expect him to erase his picture off his camera. Strange how towards the end, when the camera man said he was doing his job, your homeys got real mouthy and making fun, as if being a celebrity photographer, or photograher/camera-crew is not decent work. It is decent work. CHILLLL.

2523 days ago
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