Mos Def (born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973) is a Brooklyn-born rapper and actor, who began his performing career on the television show The Cosby Mysteries in 1994. In 1994, Mos also began his music career, forming the shortly lived Urban Thermo Dynamics with his younger…more
He is realising a pair of Converse shoes.
Not a long time ago,Mos Def has taken up on skateboarding and said that ones of his desires is to host a skateboarding event in the United Arab Emirates.
Mos def became a Muslim at the age of 19.
He was introduced to the islam religion by his father,when he was 13.
He graduated the New York University, where he studied experimental theater.
Mos appeared in NYPD Blue as Leslie Peach and Levon Wells in the episodes "Czech Bouncer" and "All's Well That Ends Well."
Mos appeared in the TV show The Boondocks in the episode "The Story of Gangstalicious as Gangstalicious."
Mos will be playing Mouse in the upcoming movie Little Scarlett.
Mos played Frank Miller in Carmen: A Hip Hopera, alonside Beyonce Knowles, Mekhi Phifer and Wycelf Jean.
Mos was in the episode Poetic Justice on the tv show The Proud Family.
Mos played Darius for 2 episodes on the TV show Brooklyn South.
Mos will play Left Ear in the sequel of the The Italian Job, The Brazilian Job.
Mos is set to be in Toussaint, opposite Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes, about Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture.
Mos is divorced from Maria Yepes, they were married from 1996 to 2006 and had 2 children.
He's a vegetarian.
Mos is 5' 10".
Mos is signed with Rawkus Records and Geffen Records.
His most recent big screen role was in the 2006 film "16 Blocks" alongside Bruce Willis.
In 2006 Mos Def appeared in "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" alongside fellow Black Star companion Talib Kweli, while also appearing on the film's soundtrack.
Mos has hosted the award-winning HBO spoken word show, "Def Poetry" since its premier in 2002.
In 2004 he hosted the MOBO or Music Of Black Origin awards in London.
He has appeared on "Chappelle's Show" as a musical guest.
For his portrayal of Vivien Thomas in the HBO film "Something the Lord Made," Mos was nominated for an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and won the Image Award.
Mos won the award for Best Actor in an Independent Movie at the 2005 "Black Reel Awards" in "The Woodsman."
Mos was nominated for an "Image Award" and a "Teen Choice Award."
Mos made brief appearances in "Bamboozled" and "Monster's Ball," and had a major role in "Brown Sugar."
Mos Def's most notable acting role was that of Bill Cosby's sidekick on the short-lived detective show, "The Cosby Mysteries."
Mos played the oldest child in the short-lived family sitcom, "You Take the Kids."
Mos Def began his acting career at age 14, appearing in the TV movie "God Bless the Child."
Def's portrayal in the film, Something the Lord Made, gave him a nomination for an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and won the Image Award.
Def has had brief appearances in the movies Bamboozled and Monster's Ball.
In 2006, Mos Def appeared in Dave Chappelle's Block Party alongside fellow Black Star companion, Talib Kweli.
Def has hosted Def Poetry since it aired in 2005.
Mos began his professional acting career appearing in the TV movie God Bless the Child. He was 14.
In 1996, Mos Def released his first single, Universal Magnetic.
Mos Def released his second solo album, "The New Danger," in 2004.
Mos Def released his solo debut, "Black on Both Sides," in 1999.
In September 2005, Mos Def released the single "Katrina Clap" a critical reaction to the lack of response by the Bush administration to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Def's music has references to his Islamic faith, and his contention that black artists receive little credit for their role in the birth of rock and roll music.
Mos Def's collaboration with Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star(CD), was released during the aftermath of the deaths of 2pac and The Notorious B.I.G., sparking a rebirth of "aware" and "intelligent" hip-hop.
A Tribe Called Quest, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Public Enemy were some of Mos Def influences.
Mos Def is projected to release his last solo album on Geffen Records, The Undeniable Free Flaco, in early 2006.
Mos Def has drawn some criticism from his fan base about "keeping it real" since he appeared in a commercial that endorsed the GMC Denali sport utility vehicle.
In early 2005, Mos Def was rumored to be joining Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella record label.
After the collapse of Rawkus, he and Kweli signed on to Interscope/Geffen Records, which released his second solo album, The New Danger, in 2004.
After signing with Rawkus Records, Mos Def and Talib Kweli formed the group Black Star.
Mos Def had the role of Ford Prefect in the 2005 movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
His name is quite appropriate in regards to his character in The Italian Job, who went deaf after blowing up a toilet.
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.
The name Mos Def is a slang term that means most definitely.
Mos def: Our priorities is gettin' ****ed. Lil Jon-I love his music. But why are the East Side Boyz names Big Sam and Lil Bo? What the ****? What's next, Kunta and Kinte?
Mos Def: (on how America treats black people) This is the same country that ran up in Fred Hampton's crib and shot him in bed with his pregnant wife. You think the rules changed cause *****s got No. 1 records? What are we supposed to tell our kids? After Malcolm, Martin and Dubois we got Sam-Bo?
Mos: And I'm not really playing by anybody else's rules or trying to live up to anyone's expectations but mine. I'm not even competing with anyone else, in terms of, like, this artist or that camp, I'm trying to be better than my last song -- not even my last album -- I'm trying to be better everyday at what it is that I'm doing. I'm not gonna twist my back into pretzels and question marks to get accolades from the buying public.
Mos Def: You want to know how to rhyme, then learn how to add. It's mathematics.
Mos: I guess something that you love to do, you gotta ease up off it and give it a little space, come back and be fresh to it.
Mos Def: (on how new rap feels to him) I'm supposed to be down with that 'cause it makes me dance?
Mos Def: (on how Paris Hilton just cares about herself) Paris Hilton don't really care about ya'll ******, man. She can't even hear ya'll ******. I'm just keeping it real.
Mos def: Dudes is no more than 20 years removed from real poverty. For dudes to have this much access to money and it's not translating to people power, its inexcusable...
Mos Def: This **** is entertainment to them. We're adopting their morals like we them and we never been them. We don't have the same struggle.
Mos Def: (on the record Black Star) This record is a very clear and fair representation of who I am and what I'm about, artistically and personally. What I wanted to do is exhibit that there exists a dimension in the realm of black thought and expression that the common idea today -- that the only things important to young black people today are sex, money and violence - is just not true
Mos: It's possible and available to any artist to be himself or herself on their own terms, to be accepted and embraced by black people ... You don't have to be a thug to get love from black people.
Mos: I'm a man. I'm not a trained seal.
Mos: Everything's got space between it, the planets, trees, your eyes. Your eyes get too close together, it's a whole different world. You can lose perspective.
Mos Def: (on guest appearances on peoples albums) I don't wanna get into that space where a lot of guys now, their solo album is like eight or 10 songs with other people, you don't get an idea of who this guy is. I just wasn't interested in that. It took me a longer time, more attention to detail.
Mos: All the things that are worth doing, take time.
Mos: I love rhymin' but I wanna do some other ----, for hip-hop music. The way to stay creative or fresh is just to do what you want to do and constantly keep yourself defined by yourself, as opposed to what an audience or the media expects of you. To always have a standard of what you expect from you, and that'll just keep you going.
Mos: I was taught when there's somethin' you can change around keep quiet, you got nothin' to complain about.
Mos: There was a time when hip-hop was its own musical principle, aside from sampling. Like the entire Wild Style break is instrumental. Kurtis Blow's earliest stuff was studio musicians playing. Whodini had a real clear sound, things like "Five Minutes of Funk," stuff that you could write really beautiful, lush string and horn arrangements around, stuff that was just music.
Mos Def: Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella would never allow me to release songs I plan on putting out there. I ain't down with that commercial nonsense. I'm about to deal with the fake with my next album, from George Bush to 50 Cent.
Mos Def: There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really just propagandists.
Mos Def: Focused. I'm a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else.
Mos Def: And remember don't high post when you're far from home, and high posting when you're all alone.
Mos Def: 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.