Yasiin Bey
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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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Standard Operating Procedure

Character : No character defined

16 Blocks

Character : Eddie Bunker

Be Kind Rewind

Character : Mike


Something the Lord Made

Character : Vivien Thomas

Journey to the End of the Night

Character : Wemba

Life of Crime

Character : Ordell Robbie

Peculiar Contrast, Perfect Light

Character : No character defined

Brown Sugar

Character : Chris 'Cav' Anton Vichon

Carmen: A Hip Hopera

Character : Lt. Miller

Next Day Air

Character : Eric

Where's Marlowe?

Character : Wilt Crawley

Lackawanna Blues

Character : The Bandleader

In Prison My Whole Life

Character : Self

Island of the Dead

Character : Robbie J

Prince Among Slaves

Character : Narrator

Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops

Character : No character defined

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Character : Self - (as Mos Def)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Character : Ford Prefect

Bouncing Cats

Character : No character defined

Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Character : Himself

gorillaz: making of plastic beach

Character : Himself

Civil Brand

Character : Michael Meadows


Character : Dante

God Bless the Child

Character : Richard Watkins

The Italian Job

Character : Left Ear

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!

Character : Himself

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Character : Self

Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

Character : No character defined

Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

Character : Himself (as Mos Def)

Begin Again

Character : Saul


Character : Lazy Boy

The Woodsman

Character : Sgt. Lucas

Cadillac Records

Character : Chuck Berry

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme

Character : Himself

Monster's Ball

Character : Ryrus Cooper


Character : Himself

Tour de France

Character : Focé


Character : Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika

I'm Still Here

Character : Himself

You're Watching Video Music Box

Character : Self (archive footage)

Gorillaz: Reject False Icons

Character : Himself

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

Character : Himself

The Hard Way

Character : Dead Romeos

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Character : 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'

Character : Self

Yasiin Bey Tv Credits


Character : Lee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Character : No character defined


Character : Brother Sam

The View

Character : Self

Spin City

Character : Monty

My Wife and Kids

Character : No character defined

The Cosby Mysteries

Character : No character defined

Brooklyn South

Character : No character defined

Here and Now

Character : No character defined

The Boondocks

Character : No character defined

You Take the Kids

Character : Raymond Kirkland

Chappelle's Show

Character : No character defined

Real Time with Bill Maher

Character : Self

HBO First Look

Character : Self

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Character : Self

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy

Character : Self (archive footage)