The Black Star Revival
Some pretty exciting news surfaced back in early February at a Madlib DJ set in Denver, Colorado. Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, made an an announcement at Madlib’s set: “New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin, coming soon!” he said. “All Madlib, all day. 2018, Madlib, Black Star. Madlib Black Star.”
Bey doubled down on the claim later in the same month at the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, where he appeared as a special guest at Madlib’s set, alongside Dave Chappelle. Bey told the audience that he had just recorded the first verse for the new Black Star album, and followed the announcement with a performance of the verse.
If Bey’s claims are true, the Madlib collaboration album would be Black Star’s first official album since their 1998 debut project, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. On top of that, Bey’s announcement comes after he had already declared his retirement back in 2016. While Yasiin Bey’s recent statements are causing a stir in the hip-hop community, Talib Kweli recently shared that Bey’s announcement came as a surprise to him. On February 27, Kweli spoke with HipHopDX at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado about the potential Black Star revival album.
“It looks like it might happen… I found out on the internet the same way y’all did. We’ve been talking about doing an album with Madlib for years. That’s been an idea we’ve had for so long, but for him to make that announcement … I didn’t know he was going to make the announcement… He went to a Madlib show and he got hype. It’s not like we discussed it and said, ‘Ok, we’re going to announce it.’ I got off the plane, I landed and was like, ‘Oh ok.’ It’s an idea we have been discussing for a long time, now we just gotta make it happen.”
Showing Support on Twitter
While Kweli’s words reflect a much more cautious stance towards a Black Star revival, he still showed his support for making it a reality on his Twitter account.
While the rumors of a Black Star comeback were circling in late February, a fan suggested a possible A Tribe Called Quest feature on the hypothetical album. Jarobi White of A Tribe chimed in with a tweet saying, “I’m Down!”, earning a tweet co-sign from Kweli, who wrote three raised fist emojis in response to Jarobi’s comment.
Further building on the hype, DJ Set Free posted a photo to his Instagram, showing him posing with Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey in a picture with the caption, “Who wants to hear this new BlackStar Album @talibkweli #YasiinBey”. On a related note, a photo posted by Kweli was getting a lot of hip-hop fans excited before Bey even made his initial announcement about Black Star. Kweli posted a photo on his Instagram at the end of January that shows what looks to be Mos Def and Kanye working together at a table, including the caption “2018 is looking good…”
As the year goes on, anticipation will continue to build upon the release of the potential album as more details are revealed to the public. What do you think about a Black Star revival album? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to SHARE this article!