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Yasiin Bey

Regarded as one of hip hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Yasiin Bey 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) under the well-known moniker Mos Def, he became an underground favorite in the hip-hop world, 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 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, appearing in Spike Lee's Bamboozled, MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera, 2002's critically acclaimed Monster's Ball, Showtime, and the 2002 romantic comedy Brown Sugar, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination. Mos completed his Broadway debut in 2002 in the Tony-nominated, Pulitzer Prize-winning, Topdog/Underdog. Mos re-teamed with Topdog playwright, Suzan Lori Parks and director George Wolfe for the off-Broadway play Fucking A, for which he was awarded an Obie Award. In 2003, Mos Def starred in Paramount Pictures' The Italian Job alongside Ed Norton, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. In 2004, Mos Def starred opposite Alan Rickman in the critically acclaimed HBO movie Something the Lord Made, for which he received a 2004 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie. Def was also nominated for both a Golden Globe Award (Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture) and Golden Satellite Award (Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television) for the same role. Mos Def continued his music career by releasing his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed sophomore solo release, The New Danger (2004). The album was met with praise from both critics and fans alike. The first single, "Sex, Love and Money" earned Def a 2005 Grammy nomination for Best Alternative/Urban Performance, and the album has been certified gold by the RIAA. The following year, he appeared alongside Bruce Willis in the crime thriller 16 Blocks (2006), in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, and had a cameo appearance in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Also in 2006, he released his third solo album, True Magic. The next year, he appeared in the 2007 PBS historical documentary, Prince Among Slaves, and in 2008 he played the role of Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records. In 2009, Def released the album The Ecstatic, which proved to be his second highest-charting album to date. He also appeared in the urban comedy, Next Day Air and guest-starred in an episode of the FOX TV series, House. He appeared (as himself) in the 2010 mockumentary film I’m Still Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix. Mos Def announced in September of 2011 that he had changed his name to Yasiin Bey, and would go by it henceforth. In the first month of 2016, Bey declared his retirement from both the film and music industries.


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Nascut:
Dec 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Aparitii in Filme/Seriale:
48
Primul film:
In series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee 1983-04-04
Ultimul film:
Film French Tour 2016-11-16
Cunoscut pentru
Poster of Dexter
Poster of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Poster of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Poster of The Italian Job
Filme in care a jucat
Film French Tour Focé 2016-11-16
Film Amy Himself 2015-07-03
Film Life of Crime Ordell Robbie (as Yasiin Bey) 2013-09-14
Film Begin Again Saul 2013-09-07
Film Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Himself 2012-06-15
Film Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest Himself 2011-07-08
Film I'm Still Here Himself 2010-09-10
Film Bouncing Cats 2010-04-29
Film Next Day Air Eric 2009-02-06
Film Cadillac Records Chuck Berry 2008-12-05
Film Prince Among Slaves Narrator 2008-02-04
Film Be Kind Rewind Mike (as Mos Def) 2008-01-20
Film In Prison My Whole Life Himself 2008-01-18
Film 16 Blocks Eddie Bunker 2006-03-01
Serial Dexter Brother Sam 2006-10-01
Film Journey to the End of the Night Wemba 2006-04-21
Film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Mos Def 2006-08-04
Serial The Boondocks Unknown 2005-11-06
Film Dave Chappelle's Block Party Mos Def 2005-09-12
Film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Ford Prefect 2005-04-28
Film Lackawanna Blues The Bandleader 2005-02-12
Film The Woodsman Sgt. Lucas 2004-12-24
Serial House Unknown 2004-11-16
Film Something the Lord Made Vivien Thomas 2004-05-30
Serial Chappelle's Show Unknown 2003-01-22
Film Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! Himself 2003-01-01
Film Civil Brand Michael Meadows 2003-08-29
Serial Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Film Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Himself 2003-04-14
Film The Italian Job Left Ear 2003-05-30
Film Brown Sugar Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon 2002-10-05
Film Monster's Ball Ryrus Cooper 2001-11-11
Film Carmen: A Hip Hopera Lt. Miller 2001-05-08
Serial My Wife and Kids Unknown 2001-03-28
Film Island of the Dead Robbie J 2000-11-14
Film Bamboozled Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika 2000-10-06
Film Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme Himself 2000-04-14
Film Where's Marlowe? Wilt Crawley 1998-01-01
Serial Brooklyn South Unknown 1997-09-22
Film Ghosts Dante 1997-09-04
Serial The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Serial Spin City Unknown 1996-09-17
Serial The Cosby Mysteries 1994-01-31
Serial Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Serial Here and Now Unknown 1992-09-19
Film The Hard Way Dead Romeos 1991-03-08
Film God Bless the Child Richard Watkins 1988-03-21
Serial Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04