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Mos Def
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Mos Def, 2012
Background information
Birth nameDante Terrell Smith
Born (1973-12-11) December 11, 1973 (age 47)
OriginBrooklyn, New York City, U.S.
GenresAlternative hip hop
  • Rapper
  • Singer
  • actor
  • poet
Years active1994–present
LabelsRawkus, Geffen, Downtown
Associated actsSoulquarians, Black Star, Talib Kweli, Native Tongues Posse, Kanye West, The Roots, Common

Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973)[1] is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American rapper and a Grammy-nominated singer known by the stage name Mos Def. Mos Def 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, who released the well-received album Black Star in 1998. He was a major force in the late 1990s underground hip hop explosion spearheaded by Rawkus Records. As a solo artist he has released the albums Black on Both Sides in 1999, The New Danger in 2004, and True Magic, 2006.[1]


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