Happy Birthday Mos Def

Actor and rapper Mos Def turns 39 years old today.

The Grammy nominated Brooklynite gained critical acclaim in 1996 with the release of “Universal Magnetic.” The following year, Mos Def and Talib Kweli teamed up to form Black Star and released the album “Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star.” The duo is recognized for helping to shape underground alternative rap and bringing it into the mainstream.

Mos Def’s acting career includes roles in Spike Lee’s <em>Bamboozled</em>, MTV’s <em>Carmen: A Hip Hopera</em>, <em>Monster’s Ball</em>, <em>Brown Sugar</em>, <em>The Italian Job, The Woodsman, Dexter</em> and <em>Something the Lord Made</em>. In 2011 Mos Def released a statement saying he was changing his name to Yasiin Bey.

He is currently working on his upcoming album <em>Yasiin Bey Presents</em> Yasiin Bey Presents</em> which is set to be released this year. –<em>Anastasia Williams</em> <a href=”http://twitter.com/AAAAAnastasia“>@AAAAAnastasia</a>