Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star
Released this day in... 1998
In 1998 Mos Def & Talib Kweli came together to form arguably the best hip-hop duo of all time, Black Star - a name inspired by Marcus Garvey’s political vision, and his "Black Star Shipping" line designed to repatriate blacks to Africa. With both artists postponing the release of their debut solo-albums, the dynamic duo released this collaborative project.
In what is both a celebration of black culture and the essence of true hip-hop, the legendary Brooklyn MC’s utilize vivid verbal imagery and insightful lyrics spit over classic boom-bap production to produce one of the most timeless albums in the history of hip-hop. Whether it’s the unapologetic declaration of blackness in “Astronomy (8th Light)," a message outlining the dangers and violence within hip-hop in “Definition,” a celebration of black women in “Brown Skin Lady”, or a powerful spoken word poem in “Yo Yeah,” from top to bottom the album provokes deep thought, inner reflection, and a strong sense of artistic appreciation.