Mos Def and Talib Kweli classic collaboration album Black Star reissue on vinyl

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Black Star Talib Kweli and Mos Def

Over fifteen years ago, Mos Def and Talib Kweli took the indie circuit to new heights. “Definition” blew the fuck up. BET couldn’t deny it, nor could the Billboard charts. It just missed cracking the Top 30 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts and got as high as number 60 on the pop charts. Black Star wasn’t the first album from the famed Rawkus label nor was it the most successful, but it gained the public’s attention in a big way.

 

Its second and final official single, “Respiration,” featured Common, while the remix, found on the B-side, saw Black Thought providing guest vocals over a beautiful Pete Rock beat.

The album featured a who’s who of up-and-coming production talent: Hi-Tek, J. Rawls, 88-Keys, Ge-ology, and Shawn J. Period, as well as relative veterans Da Beatminerz. Even with all that lyrical and production talent, the group would never record another album again, although they did collaborate on various projects throughout the years.

Universal has reissued the album (on September 16) as part of the Respect the Classics campaign. The vinyl version has been out of print for years, and this reissue will be pressed as a picture disc. Wax Poetics gave away one copy; the contest is now over.

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