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Mos Def is a hip hop musician, political and social activist and critically acclaimed actor who was born as Dante Terrell Smith. In the early 1990's, Mos Def worked with De Le Soul and Da Bush Babees. After the 1996 release of his debut solo single "Universal Magnetic", Mos Def joined with fellow hip hop musician Talib Kweli to form the hip hop group Black Star. While Black Star only released one album, the hit singles "Respiration" and "Definition" obtained spots on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. In 1999 Mos Def released his debut solo album Black On Both Sides, and since the album's release he has released four more albums including 2006's True Magic and 2009's The Ecstatic. Mos Def has also appeared in numerous movies and television shows including 2004's Something The Lord Made, and he has spoken up on various social and political issues, particularly about the government's handling of Hurricane Katrina. Throughout his career, Mos Def has been nominated for numerous awards both for his music and for his acting.