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Rappers in Movies – 5 of Yasiin Bey’s (fka Mos Def) On-screen Appearances

Yasiin Bey — Mos Def — has had some stellar movie appearances.

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, added acting to his resume a long time ago. He’s voiced characters and acted on TV including The Dave Chapelle Show. Here are a few of his film-acting, movie roles.

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His Big Black Afrika character had us laughing during an otherwise tense film about race and blackface in this Spike Lee Joint also starring Charlie Baltimore, MC Search, and The Roots.

Brown Sugar

Mos Def PKA Yasiin Bey starred alongside Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs, and Queen Latifah in this hip-hop classic.

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

As 1/2 of Black Star, he’s always been out of this world. He proved it in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Cadillac Records

Then known as Mos Def, he gave us his version of rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry in this historical film starring Beyonce.

The Italian Job

This bank heist remake put Mos Def (now Yasiin Bey) on the A-List starring Charlize Theron and Mark Whalberg.