Yasiin Bey

Musician, Actor
Seminal alternative hip-hop artist and acclaimed actor Mos Def was well on his way to building a screen career when he rocketed into the spotlight with back-to-back album releases, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1973 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Amy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Begin Again 2014 (Movie)

Saul (Actor)

From the Outside Looking In 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Island of the Dead 2014 (Movie)

Robbie J (Actor)

Juvies 2014 (Movie)

Poerty Narrator (Narrator)

Life of Crime 2014 (Movie)

Ordell Robbie (Actor)

Toussaint 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Voice of the Voiceless 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Austin City Limits 1992 - 1993, 2001 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Next Day Air 2009 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Cadillac Records 2008 (Movie)

Chuck Berry (Actor)

Here and Now 1992 - 1993, 2001 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

16 Blocks 2006 (Movie)

Eddie Bunker (Actor)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

In Prison My Whole Life 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

MTV Unplugged 1989 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Genius: A Night For Ray Charles 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey to the End of the Night 2005 (Movie)

Wemba (Actor)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy 2005 (Movie)

Ford Prefect (Actor)

Freestyle 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

MTV Soundtrack: Tupac: Resurrection 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

Sergeant Lucas (Actor)

Tupac: Resurrection MTV Movie Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Civil Brand 2003 (Movie)

Michael Meadows (Actor)

Making the Movie: The Italian Job 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Oz 1997 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

Left Ear (Actor)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Crossover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

Lazy Boy (Actor)

Hip Hopera: Carmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Making The Movie: MTV's Hip Hop Opera: Carmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster's Ball 2001 (Movie)

Ryrus Cooper (Actor)

So 5 Minutes Ago 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lyricist Lounge Show 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Sound Lab 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

Big Black (Actor)

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

When Lyrics Attack 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Where's Marlowe? 1999 (Movie)

Wilton Crawley (Actor)

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Dead Romeo (Actor)

You Take the Kids 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

Something the Lord Made (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor
Music (20)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

("Umi Says") (Song Performer)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

("Umi Says") (Song)

Descent 2007 (Movie)

("Ghetto Rock") (Song)

Descent 2007 (Movie)

("Ghetto Rock") (Song Performer)

Stomp the Yard 2007 (Movie)

("Sex Love And Money") (Song Performer)

Stomp the Yard 2007 (Movie)

("Sex Love And Money") (Song)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Two Words") (Song)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Two Words") (Song Performer)

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 (Movie)

("Six Days") (Song Performer)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

("Kalifornia") (Song Performer)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

("Kalifornia") (Song)

ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

("The Jump Off") (Song)

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

("The Jump Off") (Song Performer)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Brown Sugar (Super Fine)") (Song Performer)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Brown Sugar (Super Fine)") (Song)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

("Blak iz Blak" (featuring The Maumaus/Canibus/Charlie Baltimore/MC Serch/DJ Scratch/Mums/Gano Grills)) (Song Performer)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

("Blak iz Blak") (Song)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

("The Hurricane" (with The Roots)) (Song Performer)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

("The Hurricane") (Song)

Biography

Seminal alternative hip-hop artist and acclaimed actor Mos Def was well on his way to building a screen career when he rocketed into the spotlight with back-to-back album releases, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star and Black on Both Sides. The notoriety only boosted his acting opportunities, and while he relished the chance to poke fun of the image of rap stars in "Brown Sugar" (2002), Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" (2000), and the animated series "The Boondocks" (Adult Swim, 2005- ), he also showed dramatic talent when far removed from the music world element. Def earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his leading role in "Something the Lord Made" (HBO, 2004), and multiple Image and Black Reel Awards for such diverse offerings as "The Italian Job" (2003) and "Cadillac Records" (2008), in which he was tasked with portraying rock-n-roll icon Chuck Berry. His natural charisma and playful energy made Def a perfect comic foil, but he also proved an appealing leading man in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) and "16 Blocks" (2006). With his screen versatility and his reputation as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def enjoyed a unique multi-media career virtually unmatched by any of his rapper-actor peers.

Relationships

Beyoncé Knowles Actor

Companion

Abdul Rahman Assistant

Brother
Works for brother as his full-time DJ and assistant

Ces Smith

Sister

Anwar Superstar

Brother

Darrell Toler

Father

Maria Yepes

Wife
Married from 1996-2006 have two daughters together

EDUCATION

Attended high school in New York

Milestones

2010

Earned a Grammy nomination for the music video for his single, "Stylo," alongside soul legend Bobby Womack

2009

Released his fourth studio album, The Ecstatic; earned two Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album

2008

Portrayed Chuck Berry in the musical biopic "Cadillac Records"

2006

Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "16 Blocks," a real time action thriller directed by Richard Donner

2005

Starred in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues" based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson autobiographical one man show

2004

Starred with Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in "The Woodsman"; premiered at sundance

2004

Starred opposite Alan Rickman in the HBO drama "Something the Lord Made" a dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas; received an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor (Mini Series o

2003

Had memorable role in the classic remake "The Italian Job"

2003

Portrayed the head of a smuggling ring in the feature drama "Showtime"

2002

Cast as a hip hop star in the romance feature "Brown Sugar"

2002

Made Broadway debut in "Topdog Underdog"

2001

Starred opposite Destiny's Child singer Beyonce Knowles in MTV's "Hip Hopera: Carmen"

2001

Had a supporting role in the feature drama "Monster's Ball"

2000

Featured in Spike Lee's "Bamboozled"

2000

Starred on MTV's "The Lyricist Lounge Show," mixing comedy sketches, hip-hop and urban poetry

1999

Made solo album debut

1998

Debut album under the group name "Black Star"

1998

Acted on episodes of "NYPD Blue" and "Spin City" (both ABC)

1998

Made feature debut in "Where's Marlowe?"

1997

Had a two-episode recurring role on "Brooklyn South" (CBS)

1996

Made his major label debut with a cameo on De La Soul's "Stakes Is High"

1994

Cast in NBC series "The Cosby Mysteries" starring Bill Cosby

1993

Cast in the ABC television drama "God Bless The Child"

1990

Television debut in the CBS series "You Take The Kids"

Lauched his first group, Urban Thermal Dynamics

Made his stage debut in the fifth grade

Served as host, co-executive producer and musical director for "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" series

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