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Yasiin Bey


Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres Titus, Mos Def has emerged as one of the more ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Italian Job
The Italian Job Left Ear
(2003)
16 Blocks
16 Blocks Eddie Bunker
(2006)
Def Poetry
Def Poetry Producer
(2002-2007)

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  The Disconnected (pre-production)
Jacob Kaneda
 2016 Tour de France
Foce
 2013/II Begin Again
Saul
 2010/I I'm Still Here
Mos Def (as Mos Def)
 2009 Next Day Air
Eric (as Mos Def)
 2008 Cadillac Records
Chuck Berry (as Mos Def)
 2008 Be Kind Rewind
Mike (as Mos Def)
 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Mos Def (as Mos Def)
 2006 Journey to the End of the Night
Wemba (as Mos Def)
 2006 16 Blocks
Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
 2004 The Woodsman
Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
 2003 The Italian Job
Left Ear (as Mos Def)
 2002 Brown Sugar
Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)
 2002 Civil Brand
Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
 2002 Showtime
Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
 2001 Monster's Ball
Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
 2000 Bamboozled
Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def)
 1998 Where's Marlowe?
Wilt Crawley (as Mos Def)
 1991 The Hard Way
Dead Romeos (as Dante Smith)
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Other Works:

Release of the music video for Alicia Keys "Unbreakable" with an appearance by Yasiin Bey. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Flaco Bey | Dante Beze | Dante Bezé | Bizet Dante | Smith Dante | Mos' Def | Mos Def | Def Mos | MosDef | Mos | Dante Terrell Smith | Dante Smith | Black Star

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

What I take from writers I like is their economy -- the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words -- that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for -- to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension. See more »

Trivia:

His first music group was Urban Thermo Dynamics, which also included his younger brother and sister. They recorded an album in 1995 but it was shelved. It was finally released in 2004. See more »

Nickname:

Mister Definitely See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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