A Review of Black Star’s “Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star”


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As a fan of both Mos Def and Talib Kweli in regards to their creativity and messages they spread throughout their songs, I was more than excited when I found out they had released an album together. Both of these MC’s exude nothing but the utmost success in association to their individual careers. However, listening to them on this album gave me a greater appreciation of their ability to coexist with each another so beautifully. The lyricism of both these MC’s combined with the beats produced by DJ Hi-Tek pave the way to an album that showcases the talents of two MC’s who share a deep motivation and passion for music.

My favorite tracks from the album include “Definition” and Respiration”. Every song on the album focuses on different topics whether relating to modern-day issues, philosophical ideas, or just every day life. To be honest, I was skeptical when I had first bought this album. I did not know what to expect and the reputation of both Mos Def and Talib Kweli was what drew me into buying this album in the first place. After listening to the whole album, I realized that the $9.99 I had spent had clearly paid off. These two artists are like peanut butter and pickles. You think they will not go well together but they create a delicious sensation as soon as you put them together.

If you asked me to list the top 10 all time hip-hop/rap duos, Milli Vanilli would be #1 and Black Star would come in at a close second.