Sometimes I feel like my only friend
Is the city I live in, is beautiful Brooklyn
Dante Terrell Smith, better known by his stage name Mos Def, was born December 11th, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York City. Prior to his career in music, Mos Def entered public light as a child actor playing roles in television movies, sitcoms, and theatre. He released his solo debut album Black on Both Sides in 1999 with Rawkus Records, and since has released The New Danger in 2004, True Magic in 2006 and The Ecstatic in 2009. Mos Def has been vocal on a number of social and political causes including police brutality, and the subjugated state of black Americans. He has influenced numerous hip hop artists throughout his career including Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica, Kid Cudi, and Saigon.