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Mos Def

Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973) is an American actor and MC, known by the stage names Mos Def ( /ˌmoʊsˈdɛf/) and Yasiin Bey ( /jæˈsiːnˈbeɪ/). He 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, which released the album Black Star in 1998. He was a major force in late 1990s underground hip hop while with 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. Although he was initially recognized for his musical output, since the early 2000s, Mos Def's screen work has established him as one of only a handful of rappers who has garnered critical acclaim for his acting work. He is well known for his portrayal of Brother Sam in the American drama series Dexter. Mos Def has also been active in several social and political causes. He was born Dante Terrell Smith in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Sheron Smith and Abdul Rahman. He was raised by his mother in Brooklyn; his father lived in New Jersey. While his father was initially a member

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Mos Def -- No More Parties in South Africa ... Charged in Immigration Bust

Mos Def
No More Parties In South Africa Charged In Immigration Bust

Mos Def better lawyer up in South Africa ... he's just been charged with using a false passport and an unrecognized travel document, and helping his family illegally stay in the country. As we… READ MORE >

Mos Def -- Arrested and Kicked Out of  South Africa for Having Bad Papers

Mos Def
Arrested, Kicked Out of S. Africa ... For Having Bad Papers

Mos Def allegedly tried to use a "world passport" Thursday to leave South Africa, but since there is no such thing as a "world passport" ... he was arrested and banned from the country for five… READ MORE >

- 24 days ago
Mos Def Sued for Def Bailing on Concert

Mos Def Sued for Def Bailing on Concert

Rapper Mos Def is accused of recently bailing on a gig 24 hours before it was set to go off and causing the promoter to take a $57,000 hit ... this according to a new lawsuit.According to the… READ MORE >

- 1992 days ago

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