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Summary

Mos Def (born as Dante Terrell Smith in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.) is a famous Musician from USA, he is 46 years old and still alive, born December 11, 1973.

Biography

Dante Terrell Smith (Best known as Mos Def, Also known as Yasiin Bey) is an American rapper and actor. He began his career as a member of the Native Tounge Posse. He also made guest appearances on albums When Bush Babe and De La Soul.

With Talib Kweli he formed the duo Black Star in 1998. They released one album. Since then he has also released six solo albums. The latest, called "The Ecstatic", was released in 2009.

While he is an acclaimed artist and actor, he is also known to be politically engaged.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac sagittarius, who is known for Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism. Our collection contains 33 quotes who is written / told by Mos.

Related authors: Talib Kweli

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos_Def

Famous quotes by Mos Def (33)


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"It wouldn't be fair to cast aspersions on an entire cultural movement based on the actions of a few. To quote my grandfather, 'One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch.'"
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"I can't control what people think. I'm not trying to manipulate people's thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It's machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different"
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"I guess something that you love to do, you gotta ease up off it and give it a little space, come back and be fresh to it"
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"I don't want to waste anyone's time or money. I want to give people some truth and positive heart lift"
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"Focused. I'm a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else"
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"Everything's got space between it, the planets, trees, your eyes. Your eyes get too close together, it's a whole different world. You can lose perspective"
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"And remember don't high post when you're far from home, and high posting when you're all alone"
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"All the things that are worth doing, take time"
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"What I take from writers I like is their economy - the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words - that's magical"
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"I'm retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I'm actually doing it"
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"I don't hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people - and they're helpless with it"
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"I didn't want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as"
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"It's possible and available to any artist to be himself or herself on their own terms, to be accepted and embraced by black people. You don't have to be a thug to get love from black people"
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"I'm just an artist and I'm doin' what I like to do"
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"I never had any ambitions of being a movie star or anything like that, but you know, this is nice"
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"I have no confidence issues with the impact or the quality of the music. No one in hip-hop, before this point and to this point, with all due respect, has done this"
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"Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can't articulate"
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"I just don't think it's very dignified to ask people to like you. You can just wind up being somebody's ottoman"
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"I feel like being into the beat of your own drum has become too prominent in the culture"
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"I don't wanna get into that space where a lot of guys now, their solo album is like eight or 10 songs with other people, you don't get an idea of who this guy is. I just wasn't interested in that"
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"African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It's not a dormant. It's not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source a joy. Spreading positive vibrations"
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"To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary for the world to be able to articulate feelings they experience everyday, and otherwise wouldn't have the means to express in a meaningful and useful way"
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"I'm trying to get low. People's personalities can get in the way of their own work"
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"I was taught when there's somethin' you can change around keep quiet, you got nothin' to complain about"
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"I don't mind being black. I'm black out loud. It's more than the people that they are, it's the condition that they represent"
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"I come from a family of very devout, praying people. That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind"
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"Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years it's a name that the streets taught me a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name and it's time to expand and move on"
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"I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that's a buzz kill. There's got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette"
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"I'm growing as an individual, but your always growing. All of my albums are snapshots of where I am artistically"
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"I'm a passionate person. I'm a lot of things, like most people are. Most people are dynamic. The focus is not on me though, I'm a screen. The aim is to always keep myself in the position where the screen is clear"
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"I have mad brims"
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"I get reminded a lot of the time that my life is a little bit different, but I'm just trying to keep it as regular as possible because I like it that way"
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"I feel like I was the only person who was capable of making this type of music in this type of way. I don't rap like nobody, I don't try to sound like nobody"


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