Mos Def
Mos Def
Real Name/Full Name Dante Terrell Smith
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Mos Def
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 11 December 1973
Age/How Old: 49 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 177 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
Weight: In Kilograms – 76 Kg
In Pounds – 168 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Parents Name: Father –Abdullah Rahman
Mother –Sheron Smith
Siblings: Dennard Smith and 10 more
School: Philippa Schuyler Middle School
College: New York University
Religion: Islam
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Alana Wyatt [m. 2005], Maria Yepes [m. 1996- 2006]
Kids/Children Name: Chandani Smith, Jauhara Smith
Profession: American rapper, singer, actor and activist
Net Worth: $2 million
Last Updated: March 2023

Mos Def is a well-known American rapper, singer, actor, and also activist. He has released numerous albums throughout his career. He has also starred in a number of movies and has worked as a record producer, and is a member of the musical duo Black Star. In singing, he has appeared in the list of “50 greatest MC’s of our time” on

Well, how well do you know about Mos Def? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Mos Def’s net worth in 2023, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Mos Def to date.

Biography and Early Life

Mos Def was born on 11 December 1973 in Brooklyn, New York. He was named Dante Terrell Smith after birth. Other people call him Yasiin Bey. He is the son of Abdullah Rahman, his father, and Sheron Smith, his mother. They were born twelve in his family, where he is the oldest, including his stepchildren. They lived with his mum in Brooklyn, and his father stayed in New Jersey. He hasn’t given the names of his siblings though he has given details of one of his brothers who died after having an accident. His name is Dennard Smith.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Mos Def in 2023 and what is his height and weight? Well, Mos Def’s age is 49 years old as of today’s date 29th March 2023 having been born on 11 December 1973. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 177 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 168 lbs in Pound and 76kg in Kilograms.


When Mos Def was of age, he joined Philippa Schuyler Middle School 383 though he was so interested in acting. The school was located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He dropped out of school, and that’s when he fell in love. He later got a chance and enrolled in New York University and pursued acting as a career.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Mos Def was married to Maria Yepes. They began their relationship after he dropped out of school. Together, they have two children, namely, Jauraha Smith and Chandani Smith. The two got divorced. He has four more children from another woman whose name and that of her children haven’t been mentioned.

He has been involved in a migration court case where he has been living in South Africa with an expired tourist visa, and the issue is still in court. Def was once traumatic after he witnessed his brother get knocked down by a car. The experience wasn’t good at left and left him in great pain.

Is Mos Def Gay?

He can’t be described as gay. He has a straight sexual orientation. Also, though he is divorced, he was once married to Maria Yepes, where the couple had two children. Mos has four more children from another woman, thus making a total of 6 children. No details of if he married again or not.

Professional Career

Mos Def began his career together with his siblings, DCQ and Ces, where they formed a group known as Urban Thermo Dynamics [UTD]. They released an album where he later worked as a solo artist, and his single was named ‘Universal Magnetic.’ He later signed a contract with Rawkus Records, and there he teamed with Talib Kweli under the name Black Star. They also released another album called ‘Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star.’

He continued releasing more albums, where he released a debut album, ‘Black on Both Sides,’ which was released through Rawkus Records. In his single ‘Sex, Love and Money,’ was the best performed. It reached number 5 on the Billboard 200. He went on releasing more albums where he did another one known as ‘True Magic’ and also ‘The Ecstatic.’ He appeared on albums by artists like Kanye West and The Roots. He also launched a clothing line ‘UNDRCRWN.’

He began acting too when he was a young boy. Most of his movies at that time were under the name Dante Beze. Later, he appeared in the film known ‘Bless the Child.’ He also appeared in a family drama known as ‘You Took the Kids’ and played the character of the oldest child.

Again, he starred in ‘Brown Sugar’ and MTV movie known as ‘Carmen: A Hip Hopera.’ He appeared in the sitcom ‘My Wife and Kids’ and also ‘House.’ He has been an activist against injustice and has protested against the injustice of Amadu Diallo, who was shot by the police. Moreover, he released ‘Clap Katreina,’ a song criticizing Bush’s government for his slow response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.


Mos Def has received a number of awards which include, was nominated by Black Movie Awards, Black Reel Awards, The Primetime Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards, and The Golden Globe Awards. Also, he won the ‘Best Indie Actor’ for the movie known as ‘Woodsman.’

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Mos Def in 2023

Mos Def Net Worth
Mos Def Net Worth

As of 2023, Mos Def’s current net worth is estimated to around $2 million. He has gathered a lot of money from his career as a recording artist. He has also made money from his acting career and through cloth making business. All those have enabled him to become successful in life.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He witnessed his brother being kicked down by a car where that incident was a traumatic experience for him.
  • He dropped out of school to pursue his career, which has made him successful in life.

Mos Def is a successful man. He is talented in several talents where he earns with all of them. Many use him as an example to empower their loves. He is successful, and this has resulted in his hard work, dedication, and determination. He has achieved his goals, and his dreams have come true because of being focused. He is also an inspiration to many people all over the world and generations to come.


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