Mos Def discography

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Yasiin Bey / Mos Def discography
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Studio albums 4
Compilation albums 3
Music videos 6
Collaboration albums 2
Features singles 6

The discography of Yasiin Bey / Mos Def, an American rapper, consists of four solo albums, two compilation albums, and several singles. Mos Def began his hip hop career in 1994 in the underground rap group UTD (Urban Thermo Dynamics) alongside his sibling group members DCQ and Ces, after which he pursued a solo career.[1] In 1998, he made his mainstream debut on Rawkus Records in the trio Black Star with rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek. "Definition", the single from Black Star's self-titled debut album, reached #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.

In 1999, Mos Def released his solo debut album Black on Both Sides, which was certified Gold in the US and featured the singles "Ms. Fat Booty", which reached #20 on the US Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart, and "Umi Says", which reached #60 on the UK Singles Chart. Mos Def performed on several compilations from Rawkus Records and other independent compilation albums. Among them was the single "Oh No" with Pharaohe Monch and Nate Dogg which reached #83 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Rap Singles. In 2001, his single "Jam on It" from Underground Airplay Version 1.0 reached #23 on the Hot Rap Tracks. In 2002, he appeared on the track "Brown Sugar (Extra Sweet)" on the soundtrack to the film Brown Sugar. Featuring Faith Evans, "Brown Sugar (Extra Sweet)" reached #95 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

In 2004, Mos Def released his second solo album The New Danger, in which he experimented with other genres such as rock and R&B.[2] The single "Sex, Love & Money" reached #90 on the R&B chart. Later the same year saw the release of UTD album Manifest Destiny under the independent label Illsion Media, run by Mos Def's brother and fellow group member DCQ. The album featured a compilation of previously unreleased and re-released tracks recorded during the original UTD run.[3] Mos Def's third solo album, Tru3 Magic, was released in 2006 to very little hype. Its single "Undeniable" charted only on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart but was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 2007. Mos Def's fourth solo album The Ecstatic was released in 2009 on Downtown Records with distribution by Universal Records.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales


Black on Both Sides 25 3 110
The New Danger
  • Released: October 12, 2004
  • Label: Rawkus, Geffen
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
5 2 1 103 50 56
True Magic
  • Released: December 29, 2006
  • Label: Geffen
  • Format: CD
77 25 12
The Ecstatic
  • Released: June 9, 2009
  • Label: Downtown
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
9 5 2 24 172 90 167
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Collaborative albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
U.S.[14] U.S. R&B[14]
1998 Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star (with Talib Kweli as Black Star)
  • Released: September 29, 1998
  • Label: Rawkus, Priority
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
53 13
2004 Manifest Destiny (with UTD)
  • Released: October 26, 2004
  • Label: Illson Media
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP


Year Title
2002 We Are Hip-Hop: Me, You, Everybody
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Sattan
  • Format: CD
2007 Mos Definite
  • Released: April 20, 2007
  • Label: Frequent
  • Format: CD
2008 We Are Hip-Hop: Me, You, Everybody, Pt. 2
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Sattan
  • Format: CD
2008 Audio 3
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Oarfin
  • Format: CD



Year Single Chart positions Album
US[15] US R&B[15] US Rap[15] UK
1998 "Universal Magnetic" 101 Soundbombing
"Body Rock" (featuring Q-Tip and Tash) 115[A] 65 21 Lyricist Lounge, Volume One
1999 "Next Universe" Soundbombing II
"Ms. Fat Booty"/"Mathematics" 54 20 Black on Both Sides
"Umi Says" 60[16]
"Another World (Remix)" (featuring Talib Kweli) We Are Hip-Hop: Me, You, Everybody
2000 "Ms. Fat Booty 2" (with Ghostface Killah) 98 15 64[17] Lyricist Lounge 2
2001 "Jam on It" 50[B] 42[B] 23 Underground Airplay Version 1.0
2002 "Brown Sugar (Extra Sweet)" (featuring Faith Evans) 55[B] 95 Brown Sugar soundtrack
2004 "Sex, Love & Money" 16[B] 90 The New Danger
"Close Edge" 44[B]
"Ghetto Rock"
2005 "Sunshine"
2006 "Undeniable" 31[B] True Magic
2008 "Life in Marvelous Times" The Ecstatic
2009 "Quiet Dog"
"Casa Bey"
"History" (featuring Talib Kweli)

Collaborative singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions[15] Album
1998 "Definition" (with Talib Kweli) 60 31 3 Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star
1999 "Respiration" (with Talib Kweli featuring Common) 50[A] 54 6
2000 "Oh No" (with Pharoahe Monch featuring Nate Dogg) 83 22 1 24[18] Lyricist Lounge 2
2002 "Wylin' Out" (with Diverse and Prefuse 73) 47[A] 65[A] Urban Renewal Program
2015 "Sensei On The Block" (with Ski Beatz) TBA

As featured performer[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap U.S. Alt
1996 "The Love Song" (Da Bush Babees featuring Mos Def) 117 66 15 Gravity
1998 "Bullshittin' (B.S.'n...)" (N'Dea Davenport featuring Mos Def) 101 N'Dea Davenport
1999 "B-Boy Document" (The High & Mighty featuring Mos Def and Skillz) 63 7 Home Field Advantage
"Travellin' Man" (DJ Honda featuring Mos Def) 113 76 17 h II
2000 "A Brighter Day" (Ronny Jordan featuring Mos Def) 54[A] 20 A Brighter Day
2002 "Six Days" (DJ Shadow featuring Mos Def) 10[A] 38[A] The Private Press
2003 "Wanna B Where U R (Thisizzaluvsong)" (Floetry featuring Mos Def) 116 Barbershop 2: Back in Business soundtrack and Floacism "Live"
"Get By" (Remix)[19]
(Talib Kweli featuring Jay-Z, Mos Def, Kanye West and Busta Rhymes)
I'm Good (Mixtape)
2004 "Bin Laden" (Immortal Technique featuring Mos Def) Non-album single
2009 "Magnetic Arts" (DJ Honda featuring Mos Def) DJ Honda IV
2010 "Stylo" (Gorillaz featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack) 103 24 Plastic Beach
"Just Begun" (Reflection Eternal featuring Jay Electronica, J. Cole and Mos Def) Revolutions Per Minute
"It Ain't My Fault" (Gulf Aid All-Stars featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz, and Trombone Shorty) Single Only
2012 "Pride N Joy" (Fat Joe featuring Kanye West, Miguel, Jadakiss, Mos Def, DJ Khaled, Roscoe Dash and Busta Rhymes) 81 Non-album single

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
1996 "Intro" Da Bush Babees Gravity
"Big Brother Beat" De La Soul "Stakes Is High"
"Stakes Is High (Remix)" (also featuring Truth Enola) "Itzsoweezee (HOT)" single
1997 "From Mos Def" DJ Krush MiLight
"BMT" (also featuring Biz Markie) Towa Tei Sound Museum
"Fortified Live" (Performed by Reflection Eternal also featuring Mr. Man) Rawkus Records Soundbombing
"Freestyle" (Performed with Talib Kweli as Black Star)
"If You Can Huh..."
1998 "Body Rock" (Performed with Q-Tip & Tash) Rawkus Records Lyricist Lounge, Volume One
"Crying at Airports (Shawn J. Period Remix)" Whale "Four Big Speakers" single
"Fruits of Labor" Wizdom Life, Matt Fingatip & Shawn J. Period Hip Hop Independents Vol. 1
"Rock Rock Y'all" (also featuring Punchline, Jane Doe and Wordsworth) A Tribe Called Quest The Love Movement
"World Famous" Funkmaster Flex The Mixtape Volume 3: 60 Minutes of Funk, The Final Chapter
1999 "Double Trouble" The Roots Things Fall Apart
"Back in the Ghetto" (Performed with Eminem & Sadat X) Various Artists New York Undercover
"Beautiful (Black Star Remix)" (Performed with Talib Kweli as Black Star) Mary J. Blige "All That I Can Say" single
"B-Boy Document '99" (also featuring Skillz) High & Mighty Home Field Advantage & Soundbombing II
Rawkus Records Soundbombing II
"A Message From Mos Def & The Beat Junkies"
"Next Universe"
"If It's Alright Y'all" Brixx Superrappin: The Album
"Tinseltown to the Boogiedown" Scritti Politti Anomie & Bonhomie
"All Praises Due" A.D.L.I.B. Urban Renewal: Word on the Street
"The Hard Margin" (Performed with Talib Kweli as Black Star) The Creators "The Hard Margin" single
2000 Bad Magic Presents: The Precedent
"Foundation" DJ Honda 2000
"You (Feel Good Remix)" Samuel Christian Black and White soundtrack
"Black Iz Back" (Performed as member of Mau Maus) Mau Maus Bamboozled soundtrack
"On My Own" (also featuring Les Nubians) The Black Eyed Peas Bridging the Gap
"Saturday Nite" Brand New Heavies Delicious Vinyl Presents... Prime Cuts Vol. 1
"Lyrical Fluctuation 2000 (Spinna Mix)" (Performed with Talib Kweli as Black Star also featuring Mr. Complex, Pharaohe Monch & Shabaam Sahdeeq) Jigmastas DJ Spinna: The Beat Suite
"Eve" Spacek "Eve" single
"One Four Love Pt. 1" (Performed with Talib Kweli as Black Star also featuring Common, Kool G. Rap, Posdnuos, Rah Digga, Sporty Thievz, Pharaohe Monch & Shabaam Sahdeeq) Rawkus Records Hip Hop for Respect
"A Tree Never Grown" (also featuring A.L., Fre, Grafh, Invincible, J-Live, Jane Doe, Kofi Taha, Rubix, Tame One & Wordsworth)
"One Four Love Pt. 2" (also featuring Cappadonna, Channel Live, Crunch Lo, Rock, Shyheim & Wise Intelligent)
"The Questions" Common Like Water for Chocolate
"Oh No" (Performed with Pharoahe Monch featuring Nate Dogg) Rawkus Records Lyricist Lounge 2
"I've Committed Murder (Gang Starr Remix)" (Performed by Macy Gray also featuring Guru)
"Ms. Fat Booty 2" (featuring Ghostface Killah)
"This Means You" Reflection Eternal Train of Thought
"Love Rain (Remix)" Jill Scott Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1
"Hurricane" (also featuring Common, Black Thought, Dice Raw, Flo Brown, Jazzyfatnastees & The Roots) Various Artists The Hurricane soundtrack
"What's That? (¿Que Eso?)" (also featuring De La Soul) Tony Touch The Piece Maker
"Can U C The Pride In The Panther (Male Version)" 2Pac The Rose That Grew from Concrete
"Can U C The Pride In The Panther (Female Version)"
"(Another) Another World" (Performed with Talib Kweli as Black Star) The Creators The Weight
2001 "Reminisce" (also featuring Common) Bilal 1st Born Second
"Do Your Best" Femi Kuti Fight to Win
"Jam On It" DJ Spinbad Underground Airplay Version 1.0
"If Looks Could Kill (You Would Be Dead)" (Performed with Beyoncé Knowles & Sam Sarpong) MTV Carmen: A Hip Hopera
"Black & Blue" (Performed with Mekhi Phifer)
"Bounce" DJ Hasebe Hey World
"Get Ta Steppin'" (also featuring Vinia Mojica) Hi-Tek Hi-Teknology
"Street Sounds" Charlie Hunter Quartet Songs from the Analog Playground
"My Nutmeg Phantasy" (also featuring Angie Stone) Macy Gray The Id
2002 "I Against I" (Performed with Massive Attack) Various Artists Blade II soundtrack
"My Nutmeg Phantasy (Tom Morrello Remix)" (Performed with Macy Gray and Angie Stone) Various Artists Spider-Man
"Joy" Talib Kweli Quality
"Freak Daddy" Rawkus Records Soundbombing III
"Seven Days (DJ Premier Remix)" (also featuring Nate Dogg) Craig David "Seven Days"single
"Guess You Didn't Love Me" Terri Walker Untitled
"Wylin Out" (Performed with Diverse) Ninja Tune Urban Renewal Program
2003 "On the Run" (also featuring M.O.P.) Mark Ronson Here Comes the Fuzz
"Stakes Is High (Remix)" De La Soul The Best Of
"Guess You Didn't Love Me" Terri Walker Untitled
2004 "Wanna B Where U R (Thisizzaluvsong)" Floetry Barbershop 2: Back in Business soundtrack
"Beauty in the Dark (Groove with You)" The Isley Brothers Taken to the Next Phase (Reconstructions)
"Supreme, Supreme" Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle
"She Wants to Move (Native Tongues Remix)" (also featuring Common, De La Soul & Q-Tip) N*E*R*D "Maybe" single
"Two Words" (also featuring Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir) Kanye West The College Dropout
2005 "T.I.M.E." (also featuring Black Thought & Stephanie McKay) Scratch Perverts Fabric Big Issue CD
"The Corner (Remix)" (also featuring Common) Scarface "My Homies Part 2"
"Victory" (Performed with Sizzla) K-Salaam The World Is Ours
"Love It or Leave It Alone" (also featuring Common) Alicia Keys Unplugged
"Yo-Yo-Yo (Street)" Medina Green "Yo-Yo-Yo (Street)" single
2006 "Superstar" Ge-ology Facets
"Wylin Out (Kut Masta Kurt Remix)" Various artists Chocolate Swim
"Where We At" Jurassic 5 Feedback
"Here Comes the Champ" (Performed with Anwar Superstar) Dan the Automator Dan the Automator Presents 2K7
"We Get Down" (also featuring Bootsy Collins & Raphael Saadiq) Hi-Tek Hi-Teknology²: The Chip
"Let It Go" Little Brother & DJ Drama Separate But Equal
2007 "Hey Baby" Stephen Marley Mind Control
"Drunk and Hot Girls" Kanye West Graduation
"The Glory" (background vocals)
"Good Night" (also featuring Al Be Back)
"Brooklyn in My Mind" (also featuring Jean Grae & Memphis Bleek) 9th Wonder The Dream Merchant Vol. 2
"Light (Can You See It?) (also featuring Ken "Duro" Ifill) DJ Krush Suimou Tsunenimasu
"Love Rain (Head Nod Remix)" Jill Scott Collaborations
"Love Rain (Coffee Shop Mix)"
"D.A.N.C.E. (Benny Blanco Remix)" (also featuring Spank Rock) Justice
2008 "Rising Down" (also featuring Dice Raw & Styles P) The Roots Rising Down
2009 "America" (also featuring Chali 2na) K'naan Troubadour
"Mountain Sunlight" Jazz Liberatorz Fruit Of The Past
"On The Vista" BlakRoc BlakRoc
"Ain't Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)" (also featuring Jim Jones)
2010 "Party Done" Medina Green Save the Children
"Sweepstakes" (also featuring Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) Gorillaz Plastic Beach
"New York Is Killing Me (Remix)" Gil Scott-Heron
"Priority (Acapella)" Various Artists Raise Hope For Congo
"Sweetest Fruit" Baraka Blue SoundHeart
"Breakfast" Curren$y Pilot Talk
"The Day" (also featuring Jay Electronica)
"Prowler 2" (also featuring Jean Grae, Jay Electronica & Joell Ortiz) Ski Beatz N/A
"Arials" (also featuring Curren$y, Whosane, Terri Walker & Stalley)
"Cream Of The Planet"
"Taxi" (also featuring Whosane)
"Lord Lord Lord" (also featuring Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson) Kanye West G.O.O.D. Fridays
"Don't Look Down" (also featuring Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean)
2012 "The Very Best" (also featuring Mannie Fresh) Dee-1 Save the Children
2015 "Back Home" (also featuring Acyde & ASAP Yams) ASAP Rocky At. Long. Last. ASAP
2016 "R.E.D." (as Yasiin Bey, also featuring Narcy and Black Bear ) A Tribe Called Red We Are The Halluci Nation


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Mos Def". Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy (October 19, 2004). "The New Danger review". allmusic. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Manifest Destiny [2004]". 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2009). "Mos Def > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mos Def Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mos Def Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mos Def Album & Song Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mos Def Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Discographie Mos Def". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Discographie Mos Def". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in the United Kingdom:
  12. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Mos Def". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
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  14. ^ a b "Mos Def > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c d allmusic ((( Mos Def > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). Allmusic. Accessed April 21, 2008.
  16. ^ "Mos Def". Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mos Def Featuring Ghostface Killah". Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Mos Def/Nate Dogg/Pharoahe Monch". Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  19. ^ Get By (track listing). Talib Kweli. Roc-A-Fella Records. 2003. ROC-20140.