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MOS DEF (Ford Prefect), regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic 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 artistic spectrum.

With the release of "Universal Magnetic” (1996), Mos became an underground favorite, leading to his legendary collaboration with Talib Kweli. The two formed 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 followed that release with his 1999 solo debut, Black on Both Sides, which was certified gold and credited by critics as bringing hip-hop back to its soapbox roots.

As with his music, Mos has demonstrated insight and passion with his acting career. Most recently, he was nominated for an Emmy® and won the Golden Globe® for his starring role in HBO's "Something the Lord Made” and also starred in HBO's "Lackawanna Blues,” directed by George C. Wolfe. On the big screen he starred in "The Woodsman” with Kevin Bacon.

His feature film credits include "The Italian Job,” "Bamboozled,” "Monster's Ball” and "Brown Sugar,” for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination. He also starred with Jeffrey Wright in the Tony-nominated, Pulitzer Prize-winning play "TopDog/Underdog” on Broadway under the direction of George C. Wolfe. He received an Obie Award for the off- Broadway play "Fucking A.” Mos Def also hosts the acclaimed HBO series "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” His other TV credits include guest roles on "Spin City,” "NYPD Blue” and "Chappelle's Show.”


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