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


1995 21 Years Old In 1995, he played the character Dante, Bill Cosby's sidekick on the short-lived detective show, The Cosby Mysteries.
1996 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, he also starred in a 1996 Visa check card commercial featuring Deion Sanders.
1997 - 1998 2 More Events
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
2001 - 2002 2 More Events
2003 29 Years Old He played Left Ear in the 2003 film The Italian Job. … Read More


2004 30 Years Old The singles included "Sex, Love & Money" and the B-side "Ghetto Rock"; the latter went on to receive several Grammy Award nominations in 2004. … Read More
Mos Def won "Best Actor, Independent Movie" at the 2005 Black Reel Awards for his portrayal of Detective Sgt. … Read More
2006 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Mos Def appeared in Dave Chappelle's Block Party alongside fellow Black Star companion Talib Kweli, while also contributing to the film's soundtrack. … Read More
2007 - 2008 2 More Events
2009 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, he appeared in the House episode entitled "Locked In" as a patient suffering from locked-in syndrome. … Read More
2010 36 Years Old In 2010, he appeared on the children's show Yo Gabba Gabba! as Super Mr. Superhero. … Read More
2011 37 Years Old In 2011, he began a multi-episode appearance on the sixth season of Showtime television series Dexter. … Read More
2013 39 Years Old In July 2013, Mos Def, under the new name Yasiin Bey, appeared in a short film released by the human rights organization Reprieve, depicting the forced-feeding methods used at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps. … Read More
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