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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.
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
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
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
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
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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