Late Night: Black Star
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 04, 2012

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

Black Star is the mythological combination of Yasiin Bey (formally Mos Def) and Talib Kweli, a 90s alternative hip-hop force to be reckoned with. After fruitful solo efforts by both members, but nothing as siginificant as Black Stars revitalization of hip-hop following the loss of Biggie and Pac, the pair have reunited for lots of new material as Black Star, and hip-hop history buffs are LOSING THEIR MINDS. Well, this writer at least. Black Star performed one of their new songs on Fallon last night, sporting suits and using The Roots as their backing band (neither being a stranger to guest verses on the legendary Roots crew recordings, it's a match made in heaven).

"You Already Knew" is pretty politically charged, but anyone familiar with Kweli and Bey know this is their usual turf.

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