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RAWKUS 2091301

UPC: 602537862672

Release Date: 9/16/2014


Black Star Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star on Picture Disc LP

Respect The Classics Two-Tone Black on Black Picture Disc

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will continue its Respect the Classics tribute to many of hip-hop’s finest with the vinyl release of rap icon Talib Kweli’s four historic Rawkus Records albums, including the underground classic, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, in a two-tone black on black picture disc. Established in 1996, Rawkus Records jump-started the careers of legendary artists such as Talib KweliMos Def and Pharoahe Monch, among many others.


Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star was originally issued in August 1998, to critical acclaim. The title is a reference to the Black Star Line, a shipping company founded by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. The album deals with modern-day issues, philosophies and life in Brooklyn. The two MCs had planned to release solo albums around the same time, but decided instead to collaborate on a full-length album. The first single, “Definition,” is a reaction to hip-hop’s fascination with death, dedicated to both Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., with a chorus that gives a nod to Boogie Down Productions’ “Stop the Violence.” 


“Children’s Story” is a re-imagination of the Slick Rick original, featuring Mos Def cautioning against materialism. The second single, “Respiration,” featuring Common, includes a Hi-Tek produced beat that samples Don Randi’s “The Fox” and another from the hip-hop documentary Style Wars. The track offers a melancholy ode to city life, with references to organic life functions such as breathing, eating and sleeping, but with an ominous edge, as Kweli raps about “sitting on shitty steps/we stooped to new lows, hell froze/the night the city slept.” The album peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 13 on the Hip-Hop Albums chart, but has become considered a classic since then.


Black Star Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star Track Listing:


1.  Intro

2.  Astronomy (8th Light)

3.  Definition

4.  RE: DEFinition

5.  Children's Story

6.  Brown Skin Lady

7.  B Boys Will B Boys

8.  K. O. S. (Determination)

9.  Hater Players

10. Yo Yeah

11. Respiration

12. Thieves in the Night

13. Twice Inna Lifetime

Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star

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