- Name: Mos Def
- Born: 12/11/1973 (46 years old)
- Occupation: Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, activist
Yasiin Bey (/ /; born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos Def (/ /), is an American rapper, singer, actor, and activist. Best known for his music, Bey began his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD), after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. He subsequently formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, and they released their eponymous debut album in 1998. He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in 1999 released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides. His debut was followed by The New Danger (2004), True Magic (2006), and The Ecstatic (2009). The editors at About.com listed him as the 14th greatest emcee of all time on their “50 greatest MC’s of our time” list. Some of Mos Def’s top hits include “Oh No”, “Definition”, and “Respiration”.
Birth Name: Dante Terrell Smith
Alias: Black Dante, Dante Beze, Flaco, El-Bey the Moor
Genre: Hip hop
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Mos Def quotes :
I don't want to waste anyone's time or money. I want to give people some truth and positive heart lift.Mos Def
African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It's not a dormant. It's not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source a joy. Spreading positive vibrations.Mos Def
And remember don't high post when you're far from home, and high posting when you're all alone.Mos Def
With guys I revere, like Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, their look is less about style than purpose and the expression of beauty. It wasn't just about being noticed, you know?Mos Def
Focused. I'm a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else.Mos Def