Mos Def Net Worth

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Mos Def net worth is
$1.5 Million

Mos Def Wiki Biography

Dante Terrell Smith was born on 11 December 1973 in Brooklyn, New York USA, and is better known by stage names Mos Def, Dante Beze, Yasiin Bey or Black Dante. He is most successful as a hip-hop musician but he is also a songwriter and an actor.

Mos Def Net Worth $5 Million

So how rich exactly is Mos Def? Sources estimate his current net worth to have reached the amount of $5 million. While the bigger part of his net worth has been accumulated from his career as a rapper, his acting career has significantly added to that impressive amount.

Mos Def started his career as a rapper in the band named UTD (Urban Thermo Dynamics) with two of his younger siblings, Derente and Ces in 1994. They released one album entitled “Manifest Destiny” (in 2004, when Mos Def was fairly known as a member of another band). Since 1996 he has also been working on his own, collaborating with Da Bush Babees and De La Soul.

The breakthrough in Mos Def’s music career happened with the creation of “Black Star” – the rap group with Talib Kweli. His first debut album as a solo artist was entitled “Black on Both Sides”, it came out in 1999. His next album, The New Danger, was even more successful than the first one and was even been nominated for a few Grammy awards in 2004. It was probably his most colourful album in terms of genre variety – it had blues, soul and rock elements among others.

Despite being mostly recognised as a hip-hop performer, a big part of Mos Def’s success and net worth comes from his acting career. It began with small roles in TV comedies, movies and theatre performances while he was still a child (credited as Dante Beze at that time). In 1997 he appeared in Michael Jackson‘s short horror film “Ghosts”. After a few years, he landed a role that earned him a little bit more recognition – he appeared in the romantic comedy “Brown Sugar”, which has been nominated for several awards. One of his more impressive movie roles that might have had an influence on his fame and net worth was his appearance as Ford Prefect in the science fiction film “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in 2005. A year after that, Mos Def appeared in several episodes of cult TV series “House” and in 2011 he appeared on another extremely popular TV show “Dexter” as Brother Sam.

In his personal life, Mos Def has been married twice and has six children. He married his first wife Maria Yepes in 1996, and they have two daughters – Jauhara and Chandani Smith. The couple divorced in 2006. He is NOW married to model Alana Wyatt even though they have lived separately since 2012. Mos Def is also known as an activist against racism and violence towards African American people in USA. He has also openly expressed his opinion about the dangers of Nuclear Weapons, on “Real Time” in 2009.

Full NameMos Def
Net Worth$1.5 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 11, 1973,
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
ProfessionActor, Singer, Television producer, Songwriter, Rapper
EducationTalent Unlimited High School, New York University, Philippa Schuyler Middle School, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says, Talent Unlimited High School, New York University, Philippa Schuyler Middle School, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseAlana Wyatt (m. 2005), Maria Yepes (m. 1996–2006)
ChildrenJauhara, Chandani Smith,
ParentsAbdul Rahman, Sheron Smith, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says, Abdul Rahman, Sheron Smith, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says
SiblingsAnwar Superstar, DCQ, Ces Smith, Abdul Rahman, Jerome Victor Moulton, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says, Anwar Superstar, DCQ, Ces Smith, Abdul Rahman, Jerome Victor Moulton, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says
NicknamesDante Terrell Smith , Mos Def. , Dante Smith , Dante Beze , Dante Bezé , Flaco Bey , Yasiin Bey , MosDef , Smith Dante , Mos
AwardsObie Award for Performance, Black Reel Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Outer Critics Circle Special Award, Black Reel Award for Best Actor - Independent Film, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says, Obie Award for Performance, Black Reel Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Outer Critics Circle Special Awa...
Music GroupsBlack Star, Dec 99th, Soulquarians, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says, Black Star, Dec 99th, Soulquarians, Mathematics, Ms. Fat Booty, UMI Says
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Rap Album, Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance, MTV Video Music Award Best Breakthrough Video, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden G...
MoviesBe Kind Rewind, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
TV ShowsDexter, Chappelle's Show, The Cosby Mysteries, You Take the Kids, Dexter, Chappelle's Show, The Cosby Mysteries, You Take the Kids
1What I take from writers I like is their economy -- the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words -- that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for -- to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension.
2There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really just propagandists.
1Appeared with Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie on Bill Maher's show. Christopher Hitchens humorously referred to him as "Mr Definitely" during the course of their debate.
2In September 2011, he announced that he has adopted the name Yasiin Bey and will discontinue using the name Mos Def by the end of the year.
3Is a vegetarian.
4Performed a song with Britsh artists Craig David that was only released on the radio. It was called 7 Days Later - a remix of Craig David's number 1 hit 7 Days.
5Has starred in two movies with Alan Rickman: Something the Lord Made (2004) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
6His name is quite appropriate in regards to his character in The Italian Job (2003), who went deaf after blowing up a toilet.
7His first music group was Urban Thermo Dynamics, which also included his younger brother and sister. They recorded an album in 1995 but it was shelved. It was finally released in 2004.
8Hip-hop artist.
9Name, Mos Def, is a slang term that means "most definitely."


The Disconnectedpre-productionJacob Kaneda
Tour de France2016Foce
Life of Crime2013Ordell Robbie
Begin Again2013/IISaul
Dexter2011TV SeriesBrother Sam
I'm Still Here2010/IMos Def (as Mos Def)
Yo Gabba Gabba!2010TV SeriesSuper Mr. Superhero
Next Day Air2009Eric (as Mos Def)
House M.D.2009TV SeriesLee
Cadillac Records2008Chuck Berry (as Mos Def)
The Boondocks2005-2008TV SeriesGangstalicious
Be Kind Rewind2008Mike (as Mos Def)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby2006Mos Def (as Mos Def)
Chappelle's Show2003-2006TV SeriesBanjo Player / Black Head of the CIA / Rondell, Black Delegation Rep / ...
Journey to the End of the Night2006Wemba (as Mos Def)
16 Blocks2006Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy2005Ford Prefect (as Mos Def)
Lackawanna Blues2005TV MovieThe Bandleader (as Mos Def)
Something the Lord Made2004TV MovieVivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
Focused Digizine #12004VideoBlak (VO) (as Mos Def)
The Woodsman2004Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
The Italian Job2003Left Ear (as Mos Def)
My Wife and Kids2002TV SeriesTommy
Brown Sugar2002Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon (as Mos Def)
Civil Brand2002Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
Showtime2002Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
Monster's Ball2001Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
The Wayne Brady Show2001TV SeriesMos Def
Carmen: A Hip Hopera2001TV MovieLt. Miller (as Mos Def)
Bamboozled2000Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def)
Island of the Dead2000TV MovieRobbie J (as Mos Def)
NYPD Blue1997-2000TV SeriesLeslie Peach / Levon Wells
Where's Marlowe?1998Wilt Crawley (as Mos Def)
Spin City1998TV SeriesMonty
Brooklyn South1997TV SeriesDarius
Dellaventura1997TV SeriesMorgue Assistant
Ghosts1997/IShortDante (as Dante Beze)
The Cosby Mysteries1994-1995TV SeriesDante
The Cosby Mysteries1994TV MovieDante (as Dante Bezé)
Here and Now1992TV SeriesAlonzo
The Hard Way1991Dead Romeos (as Dante Smith)
You Take the Kids1990-1991TV SeriesRaymond Kirkland
God Bless the Child1988TV MovieRichard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)


Flava2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hurricane1999performer: "The Hurricane"
Where's Marlowe?1998performer: "All Blues"
Mr. Robot2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Furious 72015performer: "SIX DAYS REMIX" - as Mos Def
Red Band SocietyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Harodim2012performer: "Bin Laden" - as Mos Def
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap2012Documentary performer: "Quiet Dog Bite Hard", "Fix Up", "Hip Hop" / writer: "Fix Up" / writer: "Quiet Dog Bite Hard", "Hip Hop" - as Dante Smith
The Colbert ReportTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Just Wright2010performer: "Umi Says" / writer: "Umi Says" - as Dante Smith
L'arnacoeur2010performer: "America" / writer: "America" - as Dante Smith
Late Show with David Letterman2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cadillac Records2008performer: "Maybellene", "Nadine Is It You?", "No Particular Place to Go", "Promised Land"
The Boondocks2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Descent2007performer: "Ghetto Rock" - as Mos Def
Stomp the Yard2007performer: "Sex Love and Money" / writer: "Sex Love and Money" - as Dante Smith
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift2006performer: "Six Days"
Final Fight: Streetwise2006Video Game performer: "Wylin' Out"
The Ground Truth2006Documentary performer: "Live Wire Snap" / writer: "Live Wire Snap"
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005Documentary performer: "Two Words", "Definition", "Move Somethin'", "Umi Says", "Get By" / writer: "Two Words", "Definition", "Umi Says" - as Dante Smith
Entourage2005TV Series 1 episode
Lackawanna Blues2005TV Movie performer: "Caldonia", "Destination Love"
Barbershop 2: Back in Business2004performer: "Wanna B Where U R Thisizzaluvsong"
Mean Creek2004performer: "Fear Not of Man"
The Italian Job2003as Dante Smith, "The Jump Off" / performer: "The Jump Off"
Biker Boyz2003performer: "Kalifornia"
Brown Sugar2002performer: "Brown Sugar Super Fine", "Breakdown", "Brown Sugar Fine" / writer: "Brown Sugar Super Fine", "Breakdown", "Brown Sugar Fine", "Brown Sugar Raw" - as Dante Smith
Phone Booth2002"Six Days"
Ken Park2002writer: "Brown Skin Lady" - as Dante Smith
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV Special performer: "My Favorite Things" - as Mos Def
Blade II2002performer: "I Against I" / writer: "I Against I" - as Dante Smith
Face2002performer: "Climb" / writer: "Climb" - as Dante Smith
Madden NFL 20022001Video Game performer: "Mathematics Instrumental Version" / writer: "Mathematics Instrumental Version"
Top of the Pops2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 22000Video Game performer: "B-Boy Document '99" - as Mos Def / writer: "B-Boy Document '99" - as D. Smith
Bamboozled2000"Blak Iz Blak" / writer: "Blak Iz Blak" - as Dante Smith


Def Poetry2002-2007TV Series documentary co-executive producer - 44 episodes

Music Department

Def Poetry2002-2004TV Series documentary musical director - 28 episodes


Def Poetry2007TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode


A Tribe Called Red - R.E.D. Ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear2016Video talent


Little Boxes2016special thanks
Passaic Mosaic2008Video documentary short special thanks - as Mos Def


Amy2015/IIIDocumentaryHimself (as Def Mos)
The Getaway2014TV SeriesHimself (2014)
Standard Operating Procedure2013ShortHimself
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell2012TV SeriesHimself
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap2012DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2012TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself - Guest Vocalist
Re:Generation2011Documentary as Mos Def
The Colbert Report2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest2011DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Takin' It to the Streets2010DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Glastonbury 20102010TV Mini-SeriesHimself (as Mos Def)
MTV World Stage: Gorillaz2010TV MovieHimself (as Mos Def)
Gulf Aid: Concert for the Coast2010TV MovieHimself (as Mos Def)
Later... With Jools Holland2010TV SeriesHimself
NRJ 12 Grammys Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself (as Mos Def)
Welcome to Blakroc2009Documentary as Mos Def
Late Show with David Letterman2004-2009TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
Talib Kweli presents Blacksmith TV2008Video shortHimself (as Mos Def)
5th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors2008TV MovieHimself (as Mos Def)
Number One with a Bullet2008DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
4Real2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Prince Among Slaves2007DocumentaryNarrator (as Mos Def)
Def Poetry2002-2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself
In Prison My Whole Life2007DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2001-2007TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops2006DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Space Top 10 Countdown2006TV SeriesHimself
September in Brooklyn: The Making of 'Block Party'2006Video documentary shortHimself (as Mos Def)
HBO First Look2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Coachella2006Video documentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes2006DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'2005Video documentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'2005Video documentary shortHimself (as Mos Def)
Unplugged2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology2005Video documentaryHimself (segments "Through the Wire" and "Two Words") (as Mos Def)
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth2005Documentary shortHimself (as Mos Def)
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie (as Mos Def)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MOBO Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself - Host (as Mos Def)
Chappelle's Show2003-2004TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
35th NAACP Image Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (as Mos Def)
Juvies2004Documentary voice, as Mos Def
Essence Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!2003TV Special documentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
The Proud Family2002TV SeriesHimself
The Freshest Kids2002Video documentary as Mos Def
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Mos Def)
Voice of the Voiceless2001DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
Crossover2001TV SpecialHimself (as MosDef)
Fuji Rock Festival '012001TV Special as Mos Def
Top of the Pops2001TV SeriesHimself
The Lyricist Lounge Show2000TV SeriesHimself (as Mos Def)
The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself (as Mos Def)
Flava2000TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme2000DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)

Archive Footage

9/11 Truth: Hollywood Speaks Out2011DocumentaryHimself (as Mos Def)
MTV Video Music Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (as Mos Def)
Chappelle's Show2003TV SeriesGen. Cornrow Wallace

Won Awards

2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Actor, Independent FilmThe Woodsman (2004)
2005Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Dramatic PerformanceSomething the Lord Made (2004)

Nominated Awards

2011GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Short Form Music VideoGorillaz Featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack: Stylo (2010)
2010GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap AlbumFor the album "The Ecstatic."
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureCadillac Records (2008)
2008Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActorBe Kind Rewind (2008)
2008Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActorCadillac Records (2008)
2006Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role16 Blocks (2006)
2006Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsMost Annoying Fake Accent: Male16 Blocks (2006)
2005Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSomething the Lord Made (2004)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Actor, Network/Cable TelevisionSomething the Lord Made (2004)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialSomething the Lord Made (2004)
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSomething the Lord Made (2004)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Rap Artist in a MovieThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieSomething the Lord Made (2004)
2004BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorThe Italian Job (2003)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best Supporting ActorThe Italian Job (2003)
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActorSomething the Lord Made (2004)
2004Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBreakthrough ActorThe Woodsman (2004)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesSomething the Lord Made (2004)
2003BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorBrown Sugar (2002)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Independent ActorCivil Brand (2002)
2003Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureBrown Sugar (2002)
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Breakout Star - MaleBrown Sugar (2002)

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