Dec. 11th, 1973
Brooklyn, New York, USA
5' 9 1/2
Mos Def's Main TV Roles
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Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included 'De La Soul', Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres Titus, Mos Def has emerged as one of the more conscientious voices of new school hip-hop, alongside the likes of Common, 'Outkast', Goodie Mob and The Roots, to name just a few. A lyricist lounge staple, he gained acclaim appearing on recordings by De La Soul and Bush Babees before releasing the single "Universal Magnetic" in 1997. Since then he has appeared on numerous recordings with several crews, including Medina Green and Black Star (of which he is half). His full-length debut album, "Black On Both Sides", was released in 1999 and is destined to achieve classic status.
- Hip-hop artist.
- Is a vegetarian.
- Name, Mos Def, is a slang term that means "most definitely."
- Performed a song with Britsh artists 'Craig David' (qv) that was only released on the radio. It was called 7 Days Later - a remix of 'Craig David' (qv)'s number 1 hit 7 Days.
- His name is quite appropriate in regards to his character in _The Italian Job (2003)_ (qv), who went deaf after blowing up a toilet.
- Has starred in two movies with 'Alan Rickman' (qv): _Something the Lord Made (2004) (TV)_ (qv) and _The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)_ (qv).
- His first music group was Urban Thermo Dynamics, which also included his younger brother and sister. They recorded an album in 1995 but it was shelved. It was finally released in 2004.