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Black Star [Original recording reissued]

Black Star, Talib Kweli, Mos DefAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Rawkus / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000067CLT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Even in hip-hop--a genre famous for auspicious debuts--Black Star, the first album from the team of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, stands out. It's not just because these guys know their history (an update of Slick Rick's classic "Children's Story," a fine jack of BDP's "The P Is Free" on "Definition," and shout-outs to 2Pac, Biggie, and the Rock Steady Crew) and have paid their dues. Mos Def had been bouncing around the Native Tongues family for years, and both he and Kweli are featured on the Soundbombing and Lyricist Lounge albums. No, Black Star stands out simply because it's a great album, an intelligent, progressive, and funky piece of work that showcases two great MCs, both of whom have internalized the best parts of Guru, Rakim, and Q-Tip. The album also features strong production from Shawn J. Period and DJ Hi-Tek (Kweli's partner in Reflection Eternal). --Randy Silver

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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Blackstar Power For Ya! February 17, 2004
By Cuzz
Format:Audio CD
The name Blackstar brings to mind notions of afrocentric pride. These notions are brought to fruition by messengers Mos Def & Talib Kweli. Mos Def was introduced on tracks by De La Soul and Da Bush Babees which placed him in line to carry on as part of the next generation in the Native Tongues movement. He joined up a long with Talib Kweli on Rawkus Records in the late 90's which was the spot for underground hip hop. Kweli although from Brooklyn is part of the Cincinnati based Wanna Battle Crew along with Rawkus mate Dj Hi-Tek and groups like Mood & Lone Catalysts. Together they come to form "Blackstar" bringing intelligent rhymes without going too far over your head, classic battle rap dexterity and uplifting messages. Backed by soulful production provided by Dj Hi-Tek, Shawn J. Period, Da Beatminerz and more. It'll be hard to find a more solid production squad on a single album backed with such equally pleasing emcees. Mos Def brings heat as arguably the stronger of the two with great lyrics, and his slightly West Indian tinged vocal style that dabbles in a sing-song ragga vibe at times. Talib also has a unique delivery & flow accompanied by his concrete lyrical prowess. These guys aren't your average hip hop clones. You can tell they have read a lot from their lyrics constantly dropping knowledge (their name was taken from a shipping company designed to repatriate blacks from America back to Africa), no wonder they own a bookstore. This is one of the finest releases in rap from anywhere in the later half of the 90's. So now I will show you what all the fuss is about....
Astronomy (8th Light) ~ From this opening song you get a good idea of the capable force on this album. Mos & Kweli trade off verses using "black" as a constant them throughout.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic in the hip-hop genre. March 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In today's glamorous and ultimately skin-deep hip hop scene, it is decidedly rare to find rappers with the lyrical dexterity, seamless flow, and poetic charm of Mos Def and Talib Kweli. And while these underground powerhouses garner more than enough acclaim on their own, it is when they record in tandem, under the moniker of "Black Star," that fans of the genre take notice and understand that the attention is well-deserved.

Upon first listen, anyone who is familiar with the style of Mos Def and Talib Kweli will not be surprised by the sound of their collaborative efforts. DJ Hi-Tek provides the rhythmic backbone for most of their tracks, and while it is an acquired taste to someone who is used to mainstream rap, the beats he mixes are so thoroughly unique and high quality that one can only wonder why he is still relegated to a relative no-name position as a back-up DJ for underground artists. His skills, combined with the lyricism of two of the best emcees on the planet, makes for a singularly unique mélange of socially-conscious and truly poetic raps with smooth, perfectly-rendered beats.

Though fans of Mos Def and Talib Kweli will surely love all or nearly all of the album, there are a few tracks that stand out as being so utterly perfect that one may ask themselves why these artists are still under the radar for the majority of hip-hop fans. "Brown Skin Lady," a pseudo-ballad with an eccentric 70's-style funk beat, is a song that anyone with a respect for quality production values can appreciate, regardless of how the subject matter applies to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC MATERIAL COURTESY OF MOS DEF, KWELI, AND HI-TEK December 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I first bought this album, at first I thought it wasn't going to be as good as I thought it would be. But as soon as I pressed play, I was amazed with the production, the lyrical wisdom and wordplay, and the kind of atmosphere it creates. Here's a rundown on the tracks:

1. Intro- nice scratch by Hi-Tek and the lounge sample seems to fall in perfectly.

2. Astronomy(8th Light)- Has some of the nicest wordplay I heard in a minute. "Black" as a whole is the constant theme.

3. Definition- Ahh, yess...the infamous track that sampled BDP (got praise from the Source in their "151 greatest Hip-Hop songs of the past couple of years")

4. RE:Definition- Brooklyn banger...nuff said.

5. Children's Story- Mos Def solo track. Basiclly the same as the original by Slick Rick.

6. Brown Skin Lady- Talks about shorties they seen around the way. The hidden message in this track is that black women are beautiful even with out all of the make up and plastic surgery. This song reminds me of Bonita Applebaum by ATCQ.

7. B Boys Will B Boys- Strictly for the B-Boys from the days of shell-toe addidas, fat gold chains, sweatsuits, and Kangol hats. I mean, this is a true throwback to the days of Cold Crush, Rocksteady, Wild Style, and the Zulu Nation.

8. K.O.S.(Determination)feat. Vinia Mojica- Kweli's solo track. One of the deepest tracks on the album. Message on this track is the importance of Knowledge of Self and how it can help you throughout your lifetime. Vinia Mojica adds richness to the hook.

9. Hater Players- Gives a shoutout to the underground and to underground MC's that deserve what their skills are worth. Cause they should truly be livin it up rather than these big time cats.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
You like good music? Buy this. I can listen to the whole thing without skipping a track. Well worth the money.
Published 3 days ago by Andre
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic Hip Hop album....
It doesnt get much better than this album for me....brings me right back to my youth back in 1999. Defined the Underground scene becoming really relevant.
Published 2 months ago by James Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic
Talib Kweli and Mos Def are both great on their own, but something special happened when they came together for this. Hands down one of my favorite hip hop albums.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Israel
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Star Rocks!! buena rolas
This album is just deep! It just expresses so much feelings and important issues on society especially dealing with racism. Read more
Published 4 months ago by alberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Mos Def is Superb
Whenever Brown Skin Lady comes on, I am instantly transported to summertime in New York City, taking the subway, wearing sandals and watching the people of the community passing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teja-Vu
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Head album..Mos Def is truly a poet and his poems put to surreal urban beats puts him over the top. A great album from an iconic rapper..
Published 5 months ago by David Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars probably the best you'll hear of talib
mos def is of course awesome. talib is mehhhhhh, but here at least he's trying to keep up with mos so he comes thru a lot hotter than more recent stuff I've heard from him. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony M. Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars True Hip Hop!
the Apex of the Hip Hop culture. Two of the most influential and thought provoking MCs to ever grace hip hop.
Published 9 months ago by Jamaal
5.0 out of 5 stars Dope Lyricist
Great CD! One of the dopest rappers around! I like that he raps about substanitive issues instead of just straight metaphors like the young rappers today.
Published 12 months ago by Dianna L. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked
This album is incredible, possibly one of the best in hip hop ever to be created.
The vinyl turned up in excellant condition and delivery process was easy peasy.
Published 15 months ago by Tori Tatam
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who are your top 10 active MC's
... Your # 1 is absolutely on-point Philip !!; Before anyone denies Lupe, You MUST hear the mixtapes; especially the eariler ones that don't recycle tracks like a lot of the later ones ... Here are Mine:

1. Lupe Fiasco
2. Common
3. Black Thought
4. Mos Def
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