Mos Def: Net Worth, Relation, Age, Full Bio & More

Mos Def is a popular American hip-hop star, rapper, songwriter, and actor. Ranked 14 in MCs of Our Time by and 23rd on Lyricists of All Time.

Who is Mos Def?

Dante Terrell Smith, better known by his stage name Mos Def is a renowned rapper and actor. He is known for his excellence in alternative hip hop, conscious hip hop, and progressive rap. He started his career in the 1990s in the hip hop group Urban Thermo Dynamics. He also has a brilliant actor who has acted in TV films like Something the Lord Made, Next Day Air, Be Kind Rewind, The Italian Job, The Woodsman, and Brown Sugar. His solo albums include Black on Both Sides, The New Danger, etc.

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Quick Bio

Birth NameDante Terrell Smith
Birth DateDecember 11, 1973 (age 47)
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Birth SignSagittarius
Other NamesMos Def, Yasiin Bey, Black Dante, Dante Beze, Flaco
Parent(s)Abdul Rahman, and Sheron Smith
Sibling(s)DCQ and Ces
SchoolPhilippa Schuyler Middle School
CollegeNew York University
ProfessionSinger, Songwriter, Rapper, Actor
Active Years1994- Present
Height5 feet 8 inches
Weight76 kg
Eye colourBlack
Hair colourBlack
Sexual OrientationStraight
Spouse(s)Maria Yepes (1996-2006)

Alana Wyatt (2006- Present)

ChildrenChandani Smith, and Jauhar Smith
Social Media HandlesInstagram 
Net worth$2 million


What does Mos Def do?

  • Mos Def started his career in 1994 when he joined the hip hop group Urban Thermo Dynamics with his siblings DCQ and CES. The group released their first and only album, Manifest Destiny, in 2004. By that time, Mos was also working as a solo artist and released his first single, Universal Magnetic, in 1997. He was responsible for the formation of the Black Star group after joining rawkus records. In 1998, they released the album Mos Def, and Talib Kweli is Black Star. In 1999, Mos released his solo album with the name Black on Both Sides. He released his second solo album, The New Danger, in 2004.
  • Consequently, he released his next album, True Magic, in 2006. 
  • He appeared in many music videos, including Kayne West’s Two words and The Roots’ Rising Down Apollo Height’s Concern. He has also acted in different films. In 2001, he appeared in the MTV movie The Carmen: The Hip Hop Opera. In the following year, he appeared in a movie titled Topdog/Underdog. He also appeared in Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show. He acted in the 2007 sitcom, My Wife and Kids. He acted in HBO’s film Something that Lord Made and got nominated for different awards. In 2008, he played a role in Michel Gondry’s film Be Kind Rewind. In 2010, he appeared in the child special series Yo Gabba Gabba. In 2016, Mos Def announced his retirement from the music and film industry. 

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Personal Information

How does Mos Def Look?

  • Mos Def is a 47 years old American rapper and actor. He was born on December 11, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is known for his other names like Yasiin Bey, Black Dante, Dante Beze, Flaco. Mos is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 76 kg. He has American nationality and black ethnicity. Abdul Rahman was his biological father, and Sheron Smith was his mother. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. His eyes and hair are black.


Is Mos Def married?

  • Mos Def is married to Alana Wyatt, and the couple is in a peaceful married life. Mos earlier married Maria Yepes in 1996, but they separated in 2006. He has two kids, Chandani Smith and Jauhara Smith. 


Did Mos Def win any awards?

  • Mos Def is recognized for his contribution to music. He was nominated in the Grammy Awards five times but did win one. But for his acting in the movie Woodsman, he won the Black Reel Award for the category of Best Indie Actor.

Net Worth

What is Mos Def’s income?

  • Mos Def’s net worth is $2 million.


  • Mos Def founded the Hip Hop group Urban Thermo Dynamics.
  • He is 5.8 feet tall.
  • He is married to Alana Wyatt.


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