Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1998 Ratings: #7 / 107
User Score
Based on 664 ratings
1998 Ratings: #20
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Their 13 rhyme fests on this superior, self-titled debut as Black Star show that old-school rap still sounds surprisingly fresh in the sea of overblown vanity productions.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Mixing rugged street beats and rhymes brainy enough for boho B-boys makes this Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star shine bright.

80
NME

Though it's getting crowded out there in hip-hop's post-playa territory, the humour, intuition and inspired deployment of rhythms and samples here say it's worth making Blackstar one of your first ports of call.

60
Rolling Stone

Black Star are socially conscious and lyrically sound – with their hearts close to the underground.

Rollo_P
91

Are you looking for some of the greatest hip hop of all time, 11/10 songs that don't falter for even a moment? This album has four, minimum (both Definitions, Respiration, Thieves In The Night). Yeah, big boy shit. Can't let an album this representative of the word 'classic' go without a fun facts, now can we?

1. Despite being less then two years from the deaths of 2Pac and Biggie, Talib said "when we were doing the Black Star album, hip-hop was in a beautiful place." Confused? ... read more

CamLikesMusic
89

Favourite: Re: Definition
Worst: Twice inna Lifetime

1. Intro - [Not Included]

2. Astronomy (8th Light) - 9
[Something nice to chill out to, I like this]

3. Definition - 10
[Lyrically brilliant, production is unique and great. Can see why I've heard so much about them]

4. Re: Definition - 10
[This is something I can groove to]

5. Children's Story - 9
[Really interesting storytelling, great track]

6. Brown Skin Lady - 9
[Such a positive track, insightful and really fun to listen to. Love ... read more

5ifthave
85

at this album has care and emotion put into this
the newest album was not worth the wait

95

one of the greatest collab albums of all time

sweaty_ballz
97

The greatest collab album of all time?

LetalShertly
91

It's good.

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Added on: August 20, 2014