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Name: Mos Def                                                                       
Birth name: Dante Terrell Smith                                                     
Also known as Mos Def, Mos Definite, Mighty Def, Black Dante                       
Born: 11 December 1973 Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.                               
Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos   
Def, is an American rapper and actor. Mos Def started his rap career as a member   
of the Native Tongue Posse collective and by guesting on albums by Da Bush         
Babees and De La Soul. He released a well-received album with Talib Kweli as       
Black Star, and was a major force in the late 1990s underground hip hop             
explosion spearheaded by Rawkus Records. His name comes from his frequent use of   
an abbreviated 'mos def' in place of the words "most definitely."                   
Initially recognized for his musical output, Def's screen work since the early     
2000s has established him as one of only a handful of rappers who have garnered     
critical approval for their acting work. Def is also an outspoken critic on         
social and political issues, and was particularly vocal in the wake of Hurricane   
Katrina in 2005.