Black Starby Mos Def, Talib Kweli
Taking Black nationalist inspiration from Marcus Garvey and drawing on such musical influences as A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders and Brand Nubian's One for All, Black Star's Mos Def and Talib Kweli have created one of the most important hip-hop recordings ever. Highlights include "Astronomy (8th Light)," which is propelled by a hypnotic spoken intro that segues into the insinuating bass line, and the dancehall inspired "Re: Definition." Refuting the nihilism of gangsta rap and the conspicuous consumption of mainstream hip-hop, the duo offers conscious rhymes free of sanctimony and pop zeal. Favoring lean backing tracks, while highlighting strong bass hooks, sophisticated drum syncopation, and the rhythmic variety of their lyrical cadences, Black Star turn down the volume without losing the beat -- reviving hip-hop's role to provide social commentary in the process.
- Release Date:
- Rawkus / Umgd
Performance CreditsMos Def Primary Artist,fender rhodes
Talib Kweli Primary Artist,Track Performer
DJ Hi-Tek Crowd Noise
Weldon Irvine Keyboards,Track Performer
Vinia Mojica Track Performer
Jane Doe Track Performer
Apani B Fly Emcee Vocals
Ge-ology Crowd Noise
Richard Mason Crowd Noise
Conunon Track Performer
Technical CreditsDJ Hi-Tek Producer,Cut
Jim Godsey Engineer
Charlie Mack Engineer
Kieran Walsh Engineer
Ricky Walters Composer
DJ Evil Dee Cut
Vaughn Sessions Engineer
Brent Rollins Artwork,Cover Art
Black Star Artwork,Art Direction
Talib Kweli Producer
Pat Viola Engineer
Shawn J. Period Producer
J. Rawls Producer
Mos Def Composer
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OK, so this has been out for a li lwhile now, but its just as good now as when it first hit. Even my mother jams to this! Not only do they came with clever rhymin', but they also cultivate minds along the way. A definite must have, and not only for hip hop collectors !
These days, too many artists tend to degrade women and rhyme about materialistic things. Black Star's music is not only socially conscious, but it is artistically brilliant!!!
I'm buying this cd for my cousin for christmas. It must be good because he's bought it, then lost it, bought it again, lost it again, bought it a third time, and lost it a third time! He's given up on buying it for himself because he just keeps losing it, but he really likes the cd, and figures that if he gets it for a gift, maybe he won't lose it this time!
This is arguably the best album to come off of Rawkus; but not only that, it is one of the best ablums of the decade. Respect that!!!!!!
This CD Is really good and I love Mos def so much. If you heard it then you would really love it.
I first saw Black Star perform on Chapelle's Show a week or so ago and they just blew me away. This is the hip-hop album to end all hip-hop albums.
BLACKSTAR IS AMAZING.DJ HI-TEK AND BLACKSTAR ARE GONNA RUN DOWN THE COMPETITION.HOPEFULLY THEY STAY UNDERGROUND WITH THE REST AND BEST OF RAPPING.
this is one of the livest albums I had heard for a minute.
I've listened to alot of late 90's albums and this is definitely the best of the bunch. Mos and Talib's chemistry is comparable to Q-Tip and Phife's (A Tribe..YOU KNOW!!). Anyway, this is a classic in every way (lyrics, beats, themes, etc..)At the time that this album surfaced hip hop was in the bling era. I'm surprised this album hasn't received five mics from the source. (I forgot they don't like so-called back-pack rap.)I greatly recommend this album to any true fan of hip hop. Check out the songs "Thieves in the Night", "Respiration", and "Definition".
This album brings those of us that were lost in the bling and hoes of hip hop, back to what hip hop and rap music was intended to do, inform and entertain. Mos and Talib did just that on this album. Each track has it's on flavor that will suit to anybody from Jazz Heads who like some really crisp drum lines and strings, to the heavy lyricists who choose to dig deep in wordplay. Mos Def and Talib Kweli do not disappoint on any particular song. Be sure to check out my personal favorites: Twice Inna Lifetime, Definition, RE: Definition, Brown Skin Lady, K.O.S. (Determination),Respiration, and Thieves in the night. Common even had time to stop through and flow on Respiration. Overall, this album has done hip hop a favor by bringing us back to what it's all about: information, education and entertainment.