Mos Def

Activist + Rapper and Actor.
Born Dec 11, 1973

Dante Terrell Smith is an American actor and MC, known by the stage names Mos Def and Yasiin Bey. He 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, which released the album Black Star in 1998. He was a major force in late 1990s underground hip hop while with Rawkus Records.… Read More

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1973 Birth Born on December 11, 1973.


1988 14 Years Old At the age of 14, he appeared in the TV movie God Bless the Child, which aired on ABC in 1988.
1990 16 Years Old He played the oldest child in the 1990 family sitcom You Take the Kids, shortly before it was cancelled. … Read More


1994 20 Years Old Mos Def began his rap music career in 1994, forming the rap group UTD (or Urban Thermo Dynamics) along with younger brother DCQ (Ilias Bey; born Denard Smith) and younger sister Ces. … Read More
1996 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, Mos Def emerged as a solo artist and worked with De La Soul and Da Bush Babees, before he released his own first single, "Universal Magnetic".
1998 24 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He subsequently formed the trio Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, and Cincinnati producer Hi-Tek and released their eponymous debut album in 1998. … Read More
1999 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1999, Mos Def released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides, under Rawkus and Priority Records. … Read More


2004 30 Years Old 1 More Event
After the collapse of Rawkus records, he signed to Geffen Records, which released his second solo album The New Danger in 2004. … Read More
2005 31 Years Old On August 17, 2005, Mos Def traveled to Canada where he married music video model Alana Wyatt. … Read More
2006 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Mos Def's final solo album for Geffen Records, True Magic, was released in 2006. … Read More
2007 - 2008 2 More Events
In April 2009, Mos Def traveled to South Africa for the first time where he performed with The Robert Glasper Experiment at the renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival. … Read More
In March 2010, Mos Def's song "Quiet Dog Bite Hard" was featured in Palm's "Life moves fast. … Read More
2011 37 Years Old In September 2011, Mos Def announced that he planned to use the name Yasiin Bey instead of Mos Def beginning in 2012.
2012 38 Years Old In January 2012, it was reported that Mos Def and Talib Kweli had begun "to resurrect" Black Star.


2015 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015, Mos Def featured on A$AP Rocky's second studio album At. … Read More
In 2016, Mos Def announced his retirement from both the music and film industries on Kanye West's website.
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