Black Star

Fiasco Record
Release date
16 Feb 2009
Running length
10 tracks
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8 Miasma 4:40 265
9 Kuterluka 4:05 235
10 White Wolf 3:53 1,421

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Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star is an album-length collaboration of emcees Talib Kweli and Mos Def. The album was released on August 26, 1998, to critical acclaim. The title is a reference to the Black Star Line, a shipping line founded by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. The album deals with modern-day issues, philosophical ideas, and life in Brooklyn, New York City, as the two artists know it. The album’s fruition came about from the chemistry between the two emcees. Both planned to release their solo albums around the same time, but they postponed their individual projects and decided instead to collaborate on a full-length LP. The late jazz musician Weldon Irvine played the keys on the album’s opening song, “Astronomy,” which interprets the word “black” in a positive way, and contains similes such as “Black, like my baby girl’s stare”.

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