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Mos Def
Mos Def

Background information
Birth name Dante Terrell Smith
Born December 11, 1973
Born place Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Origin Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City
Genre(s) Hip-hop
Years active 1994—present
Label(s) Geffen Records
Rawkus Records
Priority Records
Downtown Records
GOOD Music
Associated acts Kanye West
The Roots
Talib Kweli
Jay Electronica
Black Star
Native Tongues Posse
Dave Chappelle
Immortal Technique

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Mos Def Overview


Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973) is an American actor and MC known by the stage name Mos Def ( /ˌmoʊsˈdɛf/). 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 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, "True Magic" in 2006, and "The Ecstatic" in 2009.

The Ecstatic (2009) True Magic (2006) The New Danger (2004) Black On Both Sides (1999) Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star (1998)

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Mos Def Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music Record Label

September 28, 2010
Mos Def has signed to Kanye West's management company and record label, G.O.O.D Music, it's been revealed. Details of the deal were unveiled in the October issue of XXL magazine, which features a cover feature with West.  Read more 

Mos Def Cancels Glastonbury Appearance Due To Family Bereavement

June 25, 2010
Mos Def has pulled out of this year's Glastonbury festival due to a family bereavement. The rapper was due to perform on the West Holts stage tonight (June 25), but will now be replaced by Nneka.  Read more 

Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def To Play Benefit Gig For Oil Disaster

May 11, 2010
Lenny Kravitz and Mos Def are set to take part in a benefit gig to support those affected by the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The huge slick, triggered by an explosion in an oil pipe, is threatening to cause widespread environmental damage along the US coast.  Read more 

Mos Def, George Clinton and Rodrigo y Gabriela Headline New Stage At Glastonbury Festival

April 7, 2010
Glastonbury Festival has announced a new stage for 2010 and its full line up. The West Holts Stage will replace The Jazz World Stage at the same location and is headlined by Mos Def, George Clinton with Parliament/Funkadelic and Rodrigo y Gabriela.  Read more 

Mos Def Has Warrant Issued For His Arrest

November 7, 2008
Mos Def is currently wanted by the Las Vegas police department after an alleged incident that occurred last August. The warrant was issued Tuesday, November 4 after photographer and victim Volker Correll was attacked on August 26 of 2007 at a fashion trade show in Las Vegas.  Read more 

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