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How rich is Mos Def?

Mos Def net worth:
$1.5 Million

Mos Def information

Mos Def information

Birth date: December 11, 1973,
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
Profession:Actor, Singer, Television producer, Songwriter, Rapper
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Alana Wyatt (m. 2005), Maria Yepes (m. 1996–2006)
Children:Jauhara, Chandani Smith,
Movies:Be Kind Rewind, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Dante Terrell Smith was born on 11 December 1973 in Brooklyn, New York USA, and is better known by stage names Mos Def, Dante Beze, Yasiin Bey or Black Dante. He is most successful as a hip-hop musician but he is also a songwriter and an actor.

Mos Def Net Worth $5 Million

So how rich exactly is Mos Def? Sources estimate his current net worth to have reached the amount of $5 million. While the bigger part of his net worth has been accumulated from his career as a rapper, his acting career has significantly added to that impressive amount.

Mos Def started his career as a rapper in the band named UTD (Urban Thermo Dynamics) with two of his younger siblings, Derente and Ces in 1994. They released one album entitled “Manifest Destiny” (in 2004, when Mos Def was fairly known as a member of another band). Since 1996 he has also been working on his own, collaborating with Da Bush Babees and De La Soul.

The breakthrough in Mos Def’s music career happened with the creation of “Black Star” – the rap group with Talib Kweli. His first debut album as a solo artist was entitled “Black on Both Sides”, it came out in 1999. His next album, The New Danger, was even more successful than the first one and was even been nominated for a few Grammy awards in 2004. It was probably his most colourful album in terms of genre variety – it had blues, soul and rock elements among others.

Despite being mostly recognised as a hip-hop performer, a big part of Mos Def’s success and net worth comes from his acting career. It began with small roles in TV comedies, movies and theatre performances while he was still a child (credited as Dante Beze at that time). In 1997 he appeared in Michael Jackson‘s short horror film “Ghosts”. After a few years, he landed a role that earned him a little bit more recognition – he appeared in the romantic comedy “Brown Sugar”, which has been nominated for several awards. One of his more impressive movie roles that might have had an influence on his fame and net worth was his appearance as Ford Prefect in the science fiction film “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in 2005. A year after that, Mos Def appeared in several episodes of cult TV series “House” and in 2011 he appeared on another extremely popular TV show “Dexter” as Brother Sam.

In his personal life, Mos Def has been married twice and has six children. He married his first wife Maria Yepes in 1996, and they have two daughters – Jauhara and Chandani Smith. The couple divorced in 2006. He is NOW married to model Alana Wyatt even though they have lived separately since 2012. Mos Def is also known as an activist against racism and violence towards African American people in USA. He has also openly expressed his opinion about the dangers of Nuclear Weapons, on “Real Time” in 2009.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Disconnected pre-production Jacob Kaneda
Tour de France 2016 Foce
Life of Crime 2013 Ordell Robbie
Begin Again 2013/II Saul
Dexter 2011 TV Series Brother Sam
I'm Still Here 2010/I Mos Def (as Mos Def)
Yo Gabba Gabba! 2010 TV Series Super Mr. Superhero
Next Day Air 2009 Eric (as Mos Def)
House M.D. 2009 TV Series Lee
Cadillac Records 2008 Chuck Berry (as Mos Def)
The Boondocks 2005-2008 TV Series Gangstalicious
Be Kind Rewind 2008 Mike (as Mos Def)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 Mos Def (as Mos Def)
Chappelle's Show 2003-2006 TV Series Banjo Player / Black Head of the CIA / Rondell, Black Delegation Rep / ...
Journey to the End of the Night 2006 Wemba (as Mos Def)
16 Blocks 2006 Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005 Ford Prefect (as Mos Def)
Lackawanna Blues 2005 TV Movie The Bandleader (as Mos Def)
Something the Lord Made 2004 TV Movie Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
Focused Digizine #1 2004 Video Blak (VO) (as Mos Def)
The Woodsman 2004 Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
The Italian Job 2003 Left Ear (as Mos Def)
My Wife and Kids 2002 TV Series Tommy
Brown Sugar 2002 Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)
Civil Brand 2002 Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
Showtime 2002 Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
Monster's Ball 2001 Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
The Wayne Brady Show 2001 TV Series Mos Def
Carmen: A Hip Hopera 2001 TV Movie Lt. Miller (as Mos Def)
Bamboozled 2000 Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def)
Island of the Dead 2000 TV Movie Robbie J (as Mos Def)
NYPD Blue 1997-2000 TV Series Leslie Peach / Levon Wells
Where's Marlowe? 1998 Wilt Crawley (as Mos Def)
Spin City 1998 TV Series Monty
Brooklyn South 1997 TV Series Darius
Dellaventura 1997 TV Series Morgue Assistant
Ghosts 1997/I Short Dante (as Dante Beze)
The Cosby Mysteries 1994-1995 TV Series Dante
The Cosby Mysteries 1994 TV Movie Dante (as Dante Bezé)
Here and Now 1992 TV Series Alonzo
The Hard Way 1991 Dead Romeos (as Dante Smith)
You Take the Kids 1990-1991 TV Series Raymond Kirkland
God Bless the Child 1988 TV Movie Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flava 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hurricane 1999 performer: "The Hurricane"
Where's Marlowe? 1998 performer: "All Blues"
Mr. Robot 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Furious 7 2015 performer: "SIX DAYS REMIX" - as Mos Def
Red Band Society TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Harodim 2012 performer: "Bin Laden" - as Mos Def
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary performer: "Quiet Dog Bite Hard", "Fix Up", "Hip Hop" / writer: "Fix Up" / writer: "Quiet Dog Bite Hard", "Hip Hop" - as Dante Smith
The Colbert Report TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Just Wright 2010 performer: "Umi Says" / writer: "Umi Says" - as Dante Smith
L'arnacoeur 2010 performer: "America" / writer: "America" - as Dante Smith
Late Show with David Letterman 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cadillac Records 2008 performer: "Maybellene", "Nadine Is It You?", "No Particular Place to Go", "Promised Land"
The Boondocks 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Descent 2007 performer: "Ghetto Rock" - as Mos Def
Stomp the Yard 2007 performer: "Sex Love and Money" / writer: "Sex Love and Money" - as Dante Smith
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 performer: "Six Days"
Final Fight: Streetwise 2006 Video Game performer: "Wylin' Out"
The Ground Truth 2006 Documentary performer: "Live Wire Snap" / writer: "Live Wire Snap"
Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2005 Documentary performer: "Two Words", "Definition", "Move Somethin'", "Umi Says", "Get By" / writer: "Two Words", "Definition", "Umi Says" - as Dante Smith
Entourage 2005 TV Series 1 episode
Lackawanna Blues 2005 TV Movie performer: "Caldonia", "Destination Love"
Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 performer: "Wanna B Where U R Thisizzaluvsong"
Mean Creek 2004 performer: "Fear Not of Man"
The Italian Job 2003 as Dante Smith, "The Jump Off" / performer: "The Jump Off"
Biker Boyz 2003 performer: "Kalifornia"
Brown Sugar 2002 performer: "Brown Sugar Super Fine", "Breakdown", "Brown Sugar Fine" / writer: "Brown Sugar Super Fine", "Breakdown", "Brown Sugar Fine", "Brown Sugar Raw" - as Dante Smith
Phone Booth 2002 "Six Days"
Ken Park 2002 writer: "Brown Skin Lady" - as Dante Smith
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special performer: "My Favorite Things" - as Mos Def
Blade II 2002 performer: "I Against I" / writer: "I Against I" - as Dante Smith
Face 2002 performer: "Climb" / writer: "Climb" - as Dante Smith
Madden NFL 2002 2001 Video Game performer: "Mathematics Instrumental Version" / writer: "Mathematics Instrumental Version"
Top of the Pops 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 2000 Video Game performer: "B-Boy Document '99" - as Mos Def / writer: "B-Boy Document '99" - as D. Smith
Bamboozled 2000 "Blak Iz Blak" / writer: "Blak Iz Blak" - as Dante Smith

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Def Poetry 2002-2007 TV Series documentary co-executive producer - 44 episodes

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Def Poetry 2002-2004 TV Series documentary musical director - 28 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Def Poetry 2007 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Tribe Called Red - R.E.D. Ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear 2016 Video talent

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Little Boxes 2016 special thanks
Passaic Mosaic 2008 Video documentary short special thanks - as Mos Def

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amy 2015/III Documentary Himself (as Def Mos)
The Getaway 2014 TV Series Himself (2014)
Standard Operating Procedure 2013 Short Himself
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell 2012 TV Series Himself
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009-2012 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - Guest Vocalist
Re:Generation 2011 Documentary as Mos Def
The Colbert Report 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest 2011 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Takin' It to the Streets 2010 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Glastonbury 2010 2010 TV Mini-Series Himself (as Mos Def)
MTV World Stage: Gorillaz 2010 TV Movie Himself (as Mos Def)
Gulf Aid: Concert for the Coast 2010 TV Movie Himself (as Mos Def)
Later... With Jools Holland 2010 TV Series Himself
NRJ 12 Grammys Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself (as Mos Def)
Welcome to Blakroc 2009 Documentary as Mos Def
Late Show with David Letterman 2004-2009 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
Talib Kweli presents Blacksmith TV 2008 Video short Himself (as Mos Def)
5th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 TV Movie Himself (as Mos Def)
Number One with a Bullet 2008 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
4Real 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Prince Among Slaves 2007 Documentary Narrator (as Mos Def)
Def Poetry 2002-2007 TV Series documentary Himself - Host / Himself
In Prison My Whole Life 2007 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2001-2007 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops 2006 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Space Top 10 Countdown 2006 TV Series Himself
September in Brooklyn: The Making of 'Block Party' 2006 Video documentary short Himself (as Mos Def)
HBO First Look 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Coachella 2006 Video documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes 2006 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004-2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2005 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' 2005 Video documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' 2005 Video documentary short Himself (as Mos Def)
Unplugged 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology 2005 Video documentary Himself (segments "Through the Wire" and "Two Words") (as Mos Def)
Tavis Smiley 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth 2005 Documentary short Himself (as Mos Def)
The View 2005 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie (as Mos Def)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
MOBO Awards 2004 2004 TV Special Himself - Host (as Mos Def)
Chappelle's Show 2003-2004 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
35th NAACP Image Awards 2004 TV Special Himself (as Mos Def)
Juvies 2004 Documentary voice, as Mos Def
Essence Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 TV Special documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
The Proud Family 2002 TV Series Himself
The Freshest Kids 2002 Video documentary as Mos Def
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Performer (as Mos Def)
Voice of the Voiceless 2001 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
Crossover 2001 TV Special Himself (as MosDef)
Fuji Rock Festival '01 2001 TV Special as Mos Def
Top of the Pops 2001 TV Series Himself
The Lyricist Lounge Show 2000 TV Series Himself (as Mos Def)
The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 2000 TV Special Himself (as Mos Def)
Flava 2000 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme 2000 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
9/11 Truth: Hollywood Speaks Out 2011 Documentary Himself (as Mos Def)
MTV Video Music Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself - Nominee (as Mos Def)
Chappelle's Show 2003 TV Series Gen. Cornrow Wallace

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor, Independent Film The Woodsman (2004)
2005 Vision Award NAMIC Vision Awards Best Dramatic Performance Something the Lord Made (2004)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Short Form Music Video Gorillaz Featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack: Stylo (2010) · Gorillaz
· Bobby Womack
· Peter Candeland (video director)
· Jamie Hewlett (video director)
· Cara Speller (video producer)
2010 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "The Ecstatic."
2009 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Cadillac Records (2008)
2008 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor Be Kind Rewind (2008)
2008 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actor Cadillac Records (2008)
2006 Black Movie Award Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 16 Blocks (2006)
2006 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Most Annoying Fake Accent: Male 16 Blocks (2006)
2005 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Something the Lord Made (2004)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor, Network/Cable Television Something the Lord Made (2004)
2005 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Something the Lord Made (2004)
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Something the Lord Made (2004)
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Rap Artist in a Movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Something the Lord Made (2004)
2004 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor The Italian Job (2003)
2004 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Film: Best Supporting Actor The Italian Job (2003)
2004 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Lead Actor Something the Lord Made (2004)
2004 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor The Woodsman (2004)
2004 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Something the Lord Made (2004)
2003 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Brown Sugar (2002)
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Independent Actor Civil Brand (2002)
2003 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Brown Sugar (2002)
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Star - Male Brown Sugar (2002)


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#Fact
1 Appeared with Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie on Bill Maher's show. Christopher Hitchens humorously referred to him as "Mr Definitely" during the course of their debate.
2 In September 2011, he announced that he has adopted the name Yasiin Bey and will discontinue using the name Mos Def by the end of the year.
3 Is a vegetarian.
4 Performed a song with Britsh artists Craig David that was only released on the radio. It was called 7 Days Later - a remix of Craig David's number 1 hit 7 Days.
5 Has starred in two movies with Alan Rickman: Something the Lord Made (2004) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
6 His name is quite appropriate in regards to his character in The Italian Job (2003), who went deaf after blowing up a toilet.
7 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.
8 Hip-hop artist.
9 Name, Mos Def, is a slang term that means "most definitely."

#Quote
1 What I take from writers I like is their economy -- the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words -- that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for -- to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension.
2 There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really just propagandists.


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