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Mos Def, 2012
|Birth name||Dante Terrell Smith|
|Born||December 11, 1973|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop|
|Labels||Rawkus, Geffen, Downtown|
|Associated acts||Soulquarians, Black Star, Talib Kweli, Native Tongues Posse, Kanye West, The Roots, Common|
Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973) 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.
- Mos Def's Official Website.
- Mos Def / Dante Smith discographies at Discogs.
- Mos Def Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine at Geffen Records.
- Mos Def on IMDb