With the release of Universal Magnetic, Del' 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. Def followed that 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 roots.
As with his music, Def has demonstrated insight and passion in his acting career, appearing in Spike Lee's Bamboozled, MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera, the critically acclaimed Monster's Ball, Showtime and the romantic comedy, Brown Sugar, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination. In addition,
Def has hosted, co-executive produced and served as musical director for the HBO series, Def Poetry Jam, and served as a writer, producer and actor on the MTV sketch comedy series, The Lyricist Lounge Show . Def also recently completed his Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated, Pulitzer Prize-winning, Topdog/Underdog.
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|December 11, 1973 (50)
|Brooklyn, New York, USA
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