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
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
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