Mos Def was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1973, and has been working professionally as an artist for nearly 20 years. Thus far he has been nominated for 2 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Source Award among others. He was awarded a Peabody Sward for his work on the HBO series "Def Poetry" and won an Obie Award for the Suzan Lori Parks play "F#cking A".
He was on Broadway in another Suzan Lori play "Topdog Underdog" with Jeffrey Wright and directed by George C. Wolfe in 2002. The play won the Pulitzer Prize that year and toured to London the following year. Mos Def has been involved in film and television work alongside the likes of Bill Cosby and the late great Nell Carter.