Mos Def is a popular rapper from the USA who has released many albums in his career. He is also an activist and actor and has starred in several movies. He has also worked as a record producer and is a member of the musical duo Black Star. The singer has appeared in the list of “50 greatest MC’s of our time” on About.com. Keep reading to know more about the net worth of Mos Def in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
The real name of Mos Def is Yasiin Bey. He was born as Dante Terell Smith on December 11, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York. His parents are Abdulrahman and Sheron Smith. His father used to live in New Jersey and was raised by his mother along with his eleven other siblings. He had his “Shahada”, declaration of faith when he was 19 years old.
He went to Philippa Schuyler Middle School 383 and was very much interested in acting. He later dropped out of his school and fell in love with an older girl. His mother is a motivational speaker and is known as “Umi”.
In 1996, Mos Def got married to Maria Yepes. They have two daughters named Chandani Smith and Jauhara Smith. The couple divorced in 2006. He has got four other children from various relationships. In 2002, he was known to have an encounter with Karrine Steffans. He was reported to have an unrecognized passport and was asked to leave South Africa in 2016. The case is still going on in the court regarding his immigration.
Career, Award & Nominations
As a member of Black Star, Mos Def released the album ‘Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star’ in 1998. They have also released the singles “Definition”, “Respiration”, and “One Four Love Pt. 1”. As a solo artist, he released the album ‘Black on Both Sides’ in 1999. In 2004, the singer came up with ‘The New Danger’. He then released ‘True Magic’ in 2006. His most recent studio album was ‘The Ecstatic’ in 2009.
He has also released the collaborative album ‘, Manifest Destiny’. His compilation albums are ‘Audio 3’, ‘Mos Definite’, and ‘We Are Hip Hop: Me You, Everybody’. Mos Def has also released many singles including “Next Universe”, “Jam on It”, “Sex, Love & Money”, and “Ghetto Rock”. In 2016, he released the collaborative album ‘Dec 99th’. He has been nominated six times for the Grammy Awards. He is all set to release the collaborative album ‘As Promised’.
In acting, he has appeared in many television series and movies like ‘Something the Lord Made’, ‘Bamboozled’, ‘Ghosts’, ‘Island of the Dead’, ‘Monster’s Ball’, ‘The Woodsman’, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘Dexter’, and ‘Prince Among Slaves’. In 2005, Mos Def won the Black Reel Award and has also received a Golden Globe nomination. He has received nominations for the Black Movie Award, Primetime Emmy Award, and NAACP Image Awards.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth will a person have who has released many albums in his career? Apart from being a singer and actor, he has also worked as a record producer. He has recorded many songs in his career and has made a net worth of over $2.5 million. The talented actor has featured in many movies and television series and continues to be active in his profession. He is also a successful songwriter and is the founder of the project called “Hip Hop for Respect”.
Mos Def is a very influential person. Apart from a singer and actor, he is also an activist and has performed in many benefit concerts. He has contributed a lot to human rights and is an inspirational person.