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Dante Smith

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Dante Smith Biography

The name "Mos Def" derived from this musician/actor's favorite phrase; when people would ask him to hang out, the answer was invariably "most definitely!" Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artisitc medium. A child of hip-hop's golden era, the native Brooklynite spent his childhood imbedded in the culture surrounding him as well as absorbing knowledge from across the music spectrum. With the release of "Universal Magnetic," Mos Def became an underground favorite, leading to his legendary collaboration with Talib Kweli. The two formed the group Black Star whose debut album "Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star," would become one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums. Mos Def followed his group album with the release of his 1999 solo debut "Black on Both Sides," which was certified gold and credited by critics as bringing hip-hop back to its soapbox root. Read Full Bio >>

Dante Smith Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2010 Grammy Awards Best Rap Album Nominated
2009 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Cadillac Records (2008). Nominated
2008 Black Reel Awards Best Actor Be Kind Rewind (2008). Nominated
2006 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 16 Blocks (2006). Nominated
2005 Black Reel Awards Best Actor, Independent Film The Woodsman (2004). Won

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Dante Smith Trivia

  • Name, Mos Def, is a slang term that means "most definitely."
  • Hip-hop artist.
  • 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.
  • His name is quite appropriate in regards to his character in The Italian Job (2003), who went deaf after blowing up a toilet.
  • Has starred in two movies with Alan Rickman: Something the Lord Made (2004) (TV) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
  • Performed a song with Britsh artists Craig David which was only released on the radio. It was called 7 Days Later - a remix of Craig Davids number 1 hit 7 Days.






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