Black Star

Black Star

by Mos Def, Talib KweliMos Def


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
Label: Rawkus / Umgd
UPC: 0008811289720
catalogNumber: 112897
Rank: 7532

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mos Def   Primary Artist,fender rhodes
Talib Kweli   Primary Artist,Track Performer
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

Hi-Tek   Producer,Cut
Jim Godsey   Engineer
Charlie Mack   Engineer
Kieran Walsh   Engineer
Walt   Producer,Engineer
Vinia Mojica   Composer
DJ Evil Dee   Cut
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
Mos Def   Composer
Tony Cottrell   Composer
Jason Rawls   Composer
Talib Kweli Greene   Composer

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