Yasiin Bey

Yasiin Bey

Highest Rated: 95% Amy (2015)

Lowest Rated: 16% Civil Brand (2002)

Birthday: Dec 11, 1973

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Seminal alternative hip-hop artist and acclaimed actor Mos Def was well on his way to building a screen career when he rocketed into the spotlight with back-to-back album releases, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star and Black on Both Sides. The notoriety only boosted his acting opportunities, and while he relished the chance to poke fun of the image of rap stars in "Brown Sugar" (2002), Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" (2000), and the animated series "The Boondocks" (Adult Swim, 2005-14), he also showed dramatic talent when far removed from the music world element. Def earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his leading role in "Something the Lord Made" (HBO, 2004), and multiple Image and Black Reel Awards for such diverse offerings as "The Italian Job" (2003) and "Cadillac Records" (2008), in which he was tasked with portraying rock-n-roll icon Chuck Berry. His natural charisma and playful energy made Def a perfect comic foil, but he also proved an appealing leading man in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) and "16 Blocks" (2006). With his screen versatility and his reputation as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def enjoyed a unique multi-media career virtually unmatched by any of his rapper-actor peers.

Highest rated movies

The Woodsman
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
Monster's Ball
Begin Again
Lackawanna Blues
The Italian Job
Life of Crime
Cadillac Records




95% 87% Amy Self $8.4M 2015
68% 37% Life of Crime Ordell Robbie (Character) $261.7K 2013
83% 81% Begin Again Saul (Character) $16.2M 2013
86% 77% Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap Unknown (Character) $288.3K 2012
21% 31% Next Day Air Eric (Character) $10.0M 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Number One With a Bullet Unknown (Character) - 2008
66% 65% Cadillac Records Chuck Berry (Character) $8.1M 2008
65% 56% Be Kind Rewind Mike (Character) $11.2M 2008
No Score Yet 91% Prince Among Slaves Narrator - 2006
No Score Yet 43% Journey to the End of the Night Wemba (Character) - 2006
56% 57% 16 Blocks Eddie Bunker (Character) $36.9M 2006
75% 91% Lackawanna Blues The Bandleader (Character) - 2005
60% 65% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Ford Prefect (Character) $51.0M 2005
No Score Yet 93% Something the Lord Made Vivien Thomas (Character) - 2004
88% 77% The Woodsman Sargent Lucas (Character) $1.6M 2004
73% 80% The Italian Job Left Ear (Character) $106.1M 2003
16% 81% Civil Brand Michael Meadows (Character) $243.3K 2002
66% 90% Brown Sugar Chris (Character) $27.4M 2002
25% 25% Showtime Lazy Boy (Character) $37.9M 2002
50% 70% Carmen: A Hip Hopera Lt. Miller (Character) - 2001
85% 67% Monster's Ball Ryrus Cooper (Character) $31.3M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme Unknown (Character) - 2000
53% 74% Bamboozled Big Black (Character) $2.2M 2000
17% 53% Where's Marlowe? Wilt Crawley (Character) $6.0K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Dante (Character) - 1994


No Score Yet No Score Yet Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy Self 2022
71% 80% Dexter Brother Sam (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yo Gabba Gabba! Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 100% Austin City Limits Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2009
90% 96% House Lee (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 100% Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Host 2001-2005 2007
No Score Yet 62% My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud Family Himself (Guest Voice) 2002
83% 83% NYPD Blue Leslie Peach (Guest Star) 1997-1998 2000
69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn South Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
0% No Score Yet Dellaventura Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Unknown (Character) 1995