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Mos Def

Mos Def


Famous as :

Rapper, actor

Birth Name :

Dante Terrell Smith

Birth Date :

December 11, 1973

Birth Place :

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Spouse :

Maria Yepes (1996 - 2005)

Claim to fame :

Album "Black on Both Sides" (1999)


Ready to shatter the hip-hop community through his third solo album "Tru3 Magic", Mos Def appears to be prepared enough to mark his comeback into music industry for year 2007 after a two-year hiatus while maintaining his career in Hollywood. As a start, the talented rapper willingly sets to appear alongside Donald Trump on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" taped on January 9 and aired on the next day before taking the stage of Lincoln Center's The Allen Room on date 17 as part of American Songbook series. On the big screen, it is expected that his two vehicles of "Toussaint" and "Be Kind Rewind" can make their way to the cinemas somewhere during the year so that fans are able to once again cherish his natural knack in acting which has already been recognized by moviegoers and critics alike.

Heralded as one of the more conscientious voices of the New School hip-hop alongside the likes of Common, OutKast, Goodie Mob, and The Roots, Mos Def was born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up at the center of hip-hop's golden era of the '80s, it was almost impossible for the boy to not get influenced by the MCs and New School leaders of that time such as Big Daddy Kane or De La Soul, who thus inspired him to begin rhyming at the tender age of nine. Unlike many hip-hop fans, however, he wisely did not let himself to stick close to the genre only, but also opened his mind to absorb musical knowledge from across the artistic spectrum. "I'm not just inspired by black art, but good art, representations of art that are sincere and genuine," he stated.

Latest News

Mos Def Undergoes Force-Feeding Demo as Part of Protest

July 09, 2013 08:38:26 GMT

Actor and recording artist endures a painful force-feeding to protest against the procedure that is apparently being done on Guantanamo Bay prisoners going on hunger strike. The "" star underwent the demonstration as part of British human rights organization Reprieve's Stand for Justice aimed at ending the cruel practice at the detention camp.

No-Show Puts Mos Def Under Lawsuit

August 27, 2010 08:35:16 GMT

Hip-hop star is facing a lawsuit from concert promoters who allege he canceled a show just 24 hours before his scheduled slot. The rapper was due to perform at the Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada on February 24, according to papers filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, August 26.

Lady GaGa Leads 2010 MTV VMAs Nominations List With 13 Nods

August 04, 2010 02:26:57 GMT

dominates this year's nominations list of 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The "Poker Face" hitmaker is vying in 13 categories, including the top honor Video of the Year. This makes her break the MTV record by becoming the singer with the most nominations in a single year.

Kate Winslet to Play Kidnap Victim in New Movie

June 17, 2010 03:15:20 GMT

is in talks to bring the true story of an Austrian kidnap victim to the big screen in an upcoming movie, according to reports. The "Titanic" star, 34, is said to be in talks to tackle the real-life story of 22-year-old Natascha Kampusch, who was snatched as a child and held captive in a cellar for eight years.

Robert Pattinson Receives Dating Advice From His Father

June 17, 2010 03:12:14 GMT

has his dad to thank for his success with women - the actor's father often sends him emails packed with tips on romance. The "" hunk has scored legions of female fans since rising to fame as Edward Cullen in the vampire franchise and is rumored to be dating co-star .

Megan Fox Learned to Use Gun at Age Five

June 17, 2010 03:10:36 GMT

was well-prepared for her role as a gun-slinging femme fatale in new movie "" - because her father taught her to shoot at the age of five. Fox stars in the upcoming comic book adaptation alongside as the disfigured hero, and the actress was involved in a series of action-packed firefights on-set.

Kelly Clarkson Thrills Fans With Impromptu Karaoke Concert

June 16, 2010 09:57:58 GMT

thrilled fans in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday night, June 14 by staging an impromptu show at a karaoke bar. The "Since U Been Gone" hitmaker took to the microphone at Larry's Lounge, and she extended an invite to all her online followers to join her.

Justin Bieber Delighted at Fan's Beautiful Flowers From Spain

June 16, 2010 09:57:26 GMT

is constantly surprised by the dedication of his fans, after one loyal follower brought flowers from her native Spain to his recent concert in the Bahamas. The "Baby" hitmaker has garnered a massive following since he found fame and is mobbed by devotees wherever he goes.

Jessica Simpson Slams Plastic Surgery Report

June 16, 2010 09:55:27 GMT

has dismissed speculation she's preparing to undergo cosmetic surgery. The singer was spotted leaving a Los Angeles medical centre on Monday, June 14 and insiders claimed she had been consulting a surgeon about beauty procedures.

Christina Aguilera Raises $50,000 for Recent Haiti Benefit Effort

June 16, 2010 09:55:18 GMT

has raised $50,000 for charity after signing a 2010 Chrysler 300 Eco Style Edition car. The singer's personalized motor was auctioned off by Stars for a Cause to benefit the United Nations World Food Program, which is aiding relief efforts in Haiti.

Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def and Tim Robbins Record Single to Benefit Mexico Oil Spill Victims

June 16, 2010 09:19:36 GMT

, and actor have teamed up to record a new benefit single to raise cash for the victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The trio are part of the Gulf Aid All-Stars, who have recorded the track "Ain't My Fault" to boost the funds of charity GulfAid.org.

Video Premiere: Mos Def's 'History'

January 05, 2010 06:57:13 GMT

's upcoming music video in companion to his latest single "History" has been made available for viewing pleasure. Debuted on MTV, it features black-and-white cinematography with the singer keeping it real in suit.

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