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Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
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.
All Music Guide - Jason Kaufman
While Puff Daddy and his followers continued to dictate the direction hip-hop would take into the millennium, Mos Def and Talib Kweli surfaced from the underground to pull the sounds in the opposite direction. Their 13 rhyme fests on this superior, self-titled debut as Black Star show that old-school rap still sounds surprisingly fresh in the sea of overblown vanity productions. There's no slack evident in the tight wordplays of Def and Kweli as they twist and turn through sparse, jazz-rooted rhythms calling out for awareness and freedom of the mind. Their viewpoints stem directly from the teachings of Marcus Garvey, the legendary activist who fought for the rights of blacks all around the world in the first half of the 20th century. Def and Kweli's ideals are sure lofty; not only are they out to preach Garvey's words, but they also hope to purge rap music of its negativity and violence. For the most part, it works. Their wisdom-first philosophy hits hard when played off their lyrical intensity, a bass-first production, and stellar scratching. While these MCs don't have all of the vocal pizzazz of A Tribe Called Quest's Phife and Q-Tip at their best, flawless tracks like the cool bop of "K.O.S. Determination" and "Definition" hint that Black Star is only the first of many brilliantly executed positive statements for these two street poets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • Label: Rawkus / Umgd
  • UPC: 008811289720
  • Catalog Number: 112897
  • Sales rank: 22,797

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:11)
  2. 2 Astronomy (8th Light) (3:23)
  3. 3 Definition (3:26)
  4. 4 Re: Definition (3:02)
  5. 5 Children's Story (3:32)
  6. 6 Brown Skin Lady (5:46)
  7. 7 B Boys Will B Boys (2:36)
  8. 8 K. O. S. (Determination) (4:49)
  9. 9 Hater Players (4:08)
  10. 10 Yo Yeah (1:10)
  11. 11 Respiration (6:05)
  12. 12 Thieves In The Night (5:16)
  13. 13 Twice Inna Lifetime (5:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mos Def Primary Artist, 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 Credits
DJ Hi-Tek Producer, Cut
Jim Godsey Engineer
Charlie Mack Engineer
Kieran Walsh Engineer
Ricky Walters Composer
Mr. Walt Producer, Engineer
DJ Evil Dee Cut
Chris Athens Mastering
Vaughn Sessions Engineer
Success Engineer
Brent Rollins Artwork, Cover Art
Black Star Artwork, Art Direction
Talib Kweli Producer
88-Keys Producer
Pat Viola Engineer
Shawn J. Period Producer
Ge-ology Producer
J. Rawls Producer
Dante Smith Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Making your way back to what Hip Hop is all about

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Chemistry/Classic Album

    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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the greatest.

    this is one of the livest albums I had heard for a minute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOT!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank You Chapelle's Show

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thi was really awsome

    This CD Is really good and I love Mos def so much. If you heard it then you would really love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MOS DEF AND TALIB KWELI ARE BLACK STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    4th time buying!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best hip-hop album ever!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You have come to the right place!

    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 !

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    Posted October 26, 2009

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