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MOS DEF (Chris V) recently appeared in MONSTER'S BALL with Halle Berry and opposite Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy in SHOWTIME. Other film credits include MTV's CARMEN: A HIP HOPERA and Spike Lee's BAMBOOZLED.

His work for television includes appearances with Bill Cosby on "Cosby Murder Mysteries" and MTV's hip-hop comedy series "Lyricist Lounge" as a producer, writer and cast member. He serves as co-executive producer, music supervisor and host of the HBO series "Def Poetry."

Def recently made his Broadway debut in the role of Booth in "Topdog/Underdog," with Jeffrey Wright. Directed by the acclaimed, George C Wolfe, "Topdog/Underdog" has won critical praise as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama forplaywright Suzan-Lori Parks.

Def catapulted to hip-hop fame with the release of "Universal Magnetic" in 1996. With Talib Kweli, he formed Black Star, whose debut "Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are...Black Star" would become one of 1998's most important and critically acclaimed hip-hop albums. Def released a solo album, "Black of Both Sides," and appeared on "Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1" and "Lyricist Lounge Vol. 2," with Def performing on three tracks. Scheduled for release in 2003 is the debut album of the Black Jack Johnson Project, a band Def put together consisting of himself, Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Doctor Know of Bad Brains, and Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic.


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