The return Black Star may soon be among us. Recently, a user made the revelation that while attending a Madlib DJ set in Denver, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) showed up and unveiled that he and bandmate Talib Kweli would be returning with an album with Madlib.
“I just got back from a Madlib DJ set in Denver, and Yasiin Bey made a surprise appearance, and announced a Blackstar & Madlib album dropping in 2018,” the user, Mellowtooth, wrote out. “He even mentioned it several times. Yasiin showed up after performing elsewhere in Denver with Talib Kweli the same night.”
For added measure, Mellowtooth went on to attach audio clips the announcement. “New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin coming soon,” Yasiin can be hear saying. “All Madlib, all day. 2018.”
It was in 1998 that a then-Mos Def and Talib Kweli debuted as the duo known as Black Star wih the project titled Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star. While they have gone on to appear as featured guests on each other’s efforts, the 1998 classic was the only outing they’d go on to ficially release as a unit, and in an interview in 2014 Kweli practically dismantled any hope any reunion.
“You know, part twos are overrated, bruh,” Talib noted. “People are always like, ‘You need to make a part two to ‘Get Em High.’ Yeah, ain’t no guarantee the part two’s gonna come out dope. ‘You need to make a Black Star album part two.’ You know, how about you just go listen to the old one? The reason you like it so much is cause it is what it is. Appreciate it for what it is.”
Considering these past remarks, this new revelation is certainly a refreshing surprise. So far, there has been no ficial confirmation the project.
During a surprise appearance at Madlib’s concert in Denver on Saturday, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) announced that he and former rhyme partner Talib Kweli would be reuniting to release an album in 2018.
Listen for yourself below:
The duo’s 1998 album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star is considered a classic by Hip Hop heads worldwide, but the pair hasn’t released a follow up in two decades.
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard anything on Kanye West’s Life Of Pablo followup, and fans have little idea what might be expected. After all, Kanye has always moved in mysterious ways, never staying within the confinements genre. Even the narrative surrounding his new album is straight out a novel, complete with a soul-searching retreat in the mountains Wyoming. We do know that Migos have made appearances at the Kanye Compound, where they worked on a “stash” music with the auteur; otherwise, Kanye’s collaborators remain largely unknown.
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Today, a recent photo from Talib Kweli has added a little bit fuel to the hype fire. The rapper took some time f destroying white supremacists on Twitter to share an image himself, Kanye West, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Dave Chappelle once again reunited. Talib and Kanye are no strangers, having collaborated on tracks like College Dropout’s “Get Em High,” as well as Talib’s “Get By.” Despite the fact that Talib previously called out Kanye over praising Donald Trump, it seems as if the former friends and collaborators are back at it with the creative vibes. Honestly, we don’t really have much to go on, but Talib’s caption does seem to promise big things to come.
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It’s also great to see Mos Def back in the mix, another longstanding Kanye collaborator, who previously worked on “Two Words” and “Drunk And Hot Girls.” As for Dave Chappelle, well…his presence is always welcome. After seeing this picture, it’s hard not to think back to Kanye’s College Dropout Days, which begs the question…are about to get a return the “Old Kanye?”