Mos Def Biography

Mos Def is the stage name of Yasiin Bey, as he is currently known for. He is an aspiring hip-hop artist, actor, recording artist and activist. He started off as a child star and mostly dabbled in acting at first. But he is most recognizable for his songs and lyrics and his outspoken view about his beliefs. Mos Def started off his music career alongside his siblings as they formed the Urban Thermo Dynamics in 1994. But the group was short-lived and he would later appear on records and collaborate with such artists as De la Soul and Da Bush Babees. He then formed the dup called Black Star with Talib Kweli, who is another rapper from Brooklyn.

Mos Def became a part of Rawkus Records and also started producing solo albums. To his name he has five studio albums credited, with the debuting one being “Black on Both Sides” (1999). He has also been collaborating with other people and produced four collaborative albums with other artist. His influence and music was so great that he has been listed in’s “50 greatest MC’s of our time” list as number 14.


Mos Def in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Since Mos Def firstly started as a child actor on TV, his IMDB record is pretty stacked. But he became popular later in his career where he would star in some very prominent and famous movies. He is mostly recognized for roles in moves like “Something the Lord Made” (2004), “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2006), “Next Day Air” (2009), “Be Kind Rewind” (2008), “16 Blocks” (2006), “The Italian Job” (2003), “Brown Sugar” (2002) and “Bamboozled” (2000). His TV career is also impressive and he also appeard on the “Chappelle Show,” voiced the character of Gangastalicious on “The Boondocks” and played brother Sam on “Dexter.” He was also the host of the infamous Def Poetry Jam.

It was in 2011 that Mos Def changed his name to Yasiin Bey and is from there on legally known as that. He has also recently announced his retirement and announced that his last album is going to come out in 2017 and will be titled “Negus in Natural Person.” He has also announced his retirement from acting and is focusing now on other endeavors.


Mos Def in Paris

Mos Def Net Worth and Salary

Mos Def is certainly an influential figure and his net worth has risen along the years. But it has never been so much about the money and performing for him. He has always been political with his claims and has been considered a social activist by many accounts. Some would say that his net worth is modest to how much he could have earned, but he does not mind being worth 1.5 million dollars currently.

Partner and Family

Mos Def has already gotten married two times. The first marriage came in 1996 when he married Maria Yepes. But they eventually got divorced in 2005 and Mos got married again only a year after his divorce. He is currently married to Alana Wyatt. From his marriage with Yepes he has two children, Jauhara Smith and Chandani Smith. He has failed to pay his child support multiple times and was eventually sued from his former wife as he was short when making his monthly payments. He also has four more kids to his name.


Mos Def with his wife Alana Wyatt


Mos Def was born as Dante Terrell Smith in Brooklyn, New York on December 11, 1973. This makes him currently 43 years old. His parents are Sheron Smith and Abdul Rahman and he was one of 12 children and step-children in his family. He was mostly raised by his mother as he grew up in Brooklyn, while his father reside in New Jersey. He attended Philippa Schuyler Middle School 386 in Bushwich, Brooklyn. It is here where he found love for acting. But later on, Mos would decide to drop out of school in his sophomore year because of an affair with an older woman.

Height and Weight

Mos Def is considered to be pretty handsome. Even known when he is getting closer to his middle ages he still displays himself as very appealing to women. He is 1.78 m tall or 5 ft and 10 in.

Is Mos Def Gay?

Mos Def is not gay. His sexual orientation is straight and there were no indications in his career that he might be gay. He is an activist and he displays affection and protects diversity but he has never been labeled as being gay.


Mos Def at the scene

Mos Def Nationality and Ethnicity

Mos Def was born in America and is by all accounts an American citizen. He has an American Nationality but belongs to an African American ethnic group. Being that his mother is Muslim, he was not influenced at first and has only decided to become Muslim at the age of 19 when he took his shahada.

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Born:,December 11 1973
Ethnicity:,African American
Profession:,Rapper and Actor
Net Worth:,$ 1.5 million
Hair Color:,Black
Eye Color:,Dark Brown
Height:,5 ft and 10 in (1.78 m)
Married to:,Alana Wyatt
Affair with:,N/A
Birth Sign:,Sagittarius

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