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Mos Def

b, *1973 US, Brooklyn
Producer of Hip-Hop/Rap
A.k.a. Dante Terrell Smith Dante Smith EL-Bey The Moor Yasiin Bey

Brooklyn, NYC-based rapper of Trinidadian descent, Dante "Beze" Terrell Smith (better known simply as Mos Def) is also making a career as a Hollywood actor. Born: 11 December 1973 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He first gained interest as part of the group Urban Thermo Dynamics with his younger brother DCQ and sister Ces. Has since worked with many respected artists from many different genres, notably with Talib Kweli together as group Black Star. Also known as Yasiin Bey since he handed his old name Mos Def to TV pundit Stephen Colbert after appearing on his TV show "The Colbert Report".

  • Bass
  • Congas
  • Percussion
  • Drums
  • Keyboards
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul
  • Reggae
Popular Tracks   
Ms. Fat Booty on Black On Both Sides by Mos Def
Mathematics on Black On Both Sides by Mos Def
Good Night - [Bonus Track] on Graduation by Kanye West
Hip Hop on Black On Both Sides by Mos Def
UMI Says on Black On Both Sides by Mos Def
Sunshine on The New Danger by Mos Def
Oh No on Lyricist Lounge Volume 2 by Various Artists
Speed Law on Black On Both Sides by Mos Def
I Against I on Special Cases by Massive Attack
The Panties on The New Danger by Mos Def

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Title Artist Year Type
One Step Ahead / Ms. Fat BootyAretha Franklin / Mos Def2014Single
HistoryMos Def2010Single
The EcstaticMos Def2009Album
Quiet DogMos Def2009Album
Life In Marvellous TimesMos Def2009Album
DefinitionMos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star2007Album
Outta Control / Travellin' Man50 Cent Feat Mobb Deep / Mos Def2007Single
Fu Gee La Rock / Brighter SeasonsFugees / Mos Def2007Single
Doping Classics 3Mos Def / Talib Kweli2007Album
Mos DefiniteMos Def2007Compil.
VictoryBeatnick & K-Salaam Presents Mos Def & Sizzla2006Single
Hey Baby (Radio Edit)Stephen Marley Feat. Mos Def2006Single
Universal B-Boy Pt. 2Mos Def2006Compil.
Universal B-Boy Pt. 3Mos Def2006Compil.
Universal B-BoyMos Def2006Compil.
Breathe & Stop (Re-Brok) / Ms. Fat Booty (Re-Brok)Q-Tip / Mos Def2006Album
Undeniable / There Is A WayMos Def2006Album
True MagicMos Def2006Album
Ah Ha / Bright As The StarsMos Def / Black Star2005Album
SunshineMos Def2005Album
Excellence / Slow And TenderMos Def / Medina Green2005Album
Tell It Like It Is / SuperstarMorgan Spacek And Stephanie McKay Featuring Mos Def2005Album
The EdgeMos Def2004Album
Summertime / Nigga's KnowMos Def / Medina Green2004Album
The Dangerous MixDJ Risky Bizness, Mos Def2004Album
The New DangerMos Def2004Album
Sex, Love & Money / Ghetto RockMos Def2004Album
Sex, Love & MoneyMos Def2004Single
Beef / Monster Music (G.H.E.T.T.O.)Mos Def2003Album
Wylin' Out (Kut Masta Kurt Remix)Mos Def And Diverse2003Album
We Are Hip Hop • Me • You • EverybodyMos Def2002Compil.
Workin' It OutMos Def2002Single
I Against IMassive Attack And Mos Def2002Album
Brown SugarMos Def2002Album
Wylin OutMos Def • Diverse • Prefuse 732002Album
Oh No / Get UpMos Def, Nate Dogg & Pharoahe Monch / Cocoa Brovaz2001Single
Beautiful / GlitchesMos Def & Talib Kweli / Amel Larrieux & Onyx2001Album
Jam On ItMos Def2001Single
Hit On Me (Hi-Tek Remix)Syleena Johnson Featuring Mos Def2001Single
Oh No (John B Remix) / Move Something (JL Remix)Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch / Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek2000Album
A Brighter Day (Remix)Ronny Jordan Featuring Mos Def2000Album
Can U C The Pride In The PantherMos Def2000Album
Ms. Fat Booty 2 / The Grimy WayMos Def / Big Noyd2000Album
Umi SaysMos Def2000Album
Oh NoMos Def, Pharoahe Monch & Nate Dogg2000Album
Ms. Fat Booty (Part II)Mos Def2000Album
Oh No / BattleMos Def & Pharoahe Monch Featuring Nate Dogg / Erick Sermon Featuring Sy Scott2000Album
Oh No (The Video)Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch & Nate Dogg2000Single
Oh No / Get UpMos Def, Nate Dogg & Pharoahe Monch / Cocoa Brovaz2000Album
Black On Both SidesMos Def1999Album
Black On Both SidesMos Def1999Album
HurricaneBlack Thought, Common, Dice Raw, Flo Brown, Mos Def, Jazzyfatnastees & The Roots1999Album
Next Universe / Patriotism / When It Pours It RainsMos Def / Company Flow / Diamond D1999Album
RespirationMos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star1999Album
Ms. Fat Booty / MathematicsMos Def1999Album
The Hard MarginThe Creators, Mos Def, Talib Kweli1999Album
B-Boy Document / Mind, Soul & BodyThe High & Mighty Featuring Mos Def, EL-P & Mike Zoot1998Album
Another WorldThe Creators & Ambivalence Featuring Mos Def & Talib Kweli1998Album
All My People (Body Rock) (Party Break)Mos Def1998Album
Travellin' ManDJ Honda Feat. Mos Def1998Album
The Lyricist Lounge Vol.1 Presents: Body RockMos Def Featuring Q-Tip & Tash1998Album
Definition / Twice Inna LifetimeMos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star1998Album
High Drama, Pt. 3: The Search For 2Mike Zoot Featuring Consequence, Talib Kweli, Mos Def1998Album
The Universal Magnetic / If You Can Huh You Can HearMos Def1997Album
DefinitionMos Def & Talib KweliSingle
Umi SaysMos DefAlbum
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