Mos Def

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Yasiin Bey (; born Dante Terrell Smith, December 11, 1973), better known by his stage name Mos Def (), is an American rapper, singer, actor and activist. Best known for his music, Bey began his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD), after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. He subsequently formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, and they released their eponymous debut album in 1998. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mos Def has received more than 4,881,509 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Mos Def is the 508th most popular singer (up from 573rd in 2019), the 3,020th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,210th in 2019) and the 153rd most popular American Singer.

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  • 64.33

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  • 32

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  • 10.93

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  • 1.73

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Mos Def ranks 508 out of 3,541. Before him are Titta Ruffo, Alice Babs, Tito Schipa, Gundula Janowitz, Line Renaud, and Nino Ferrer. After him are Amr Diab, Liz Mitchell, Sharon den Adel, Kaliopi, Cristina Deutekom, and KRS-One.

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Among people born in 1973, Mos Def ranks 43Before him are Ruslana, Stephenie Meyer, Robert Pires, Rufus Wainwright, Giancarlo Fisichella, and Federica Mogherini. After him are Matteo Salvini, Jerzy Dudek, David Blaine, Ceca, Xavier Bettel, and Igor Matovič.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Mos Def ranks 3,020 out of 15,968. Before him are Joan Bennett (1910), Howard Zinn (1922), Leon Russom (1941), Thomas A. Hendricks (1819), Clifton James (1920), and Winslow Homer (1836). After him are Leslie Lamport (1941), Elmore James (1918), Michael H. Hart (1932), Jean Peters (1926), David Crosby (1941), and Karen Allen (1951).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Mos Def ranks 153Before him are Jackie Jackson (1951), Waylon Jennings (1937), Bobby Darin (1936), Don McLean (1945), Emmylou Harris (1947), and Big Mama Thornton (1926). After him are KRS-One (1965), Lana Del Rey (1985), Bobby Kimball (1947), Wilson Pickett (1941), Brenda Lee (1944), and Halsey (1994).

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