No Fear of Time

Black Star - No Fear of Time
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Based on 5 reviews
2022 Ratings: #304 / 341
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Based on 211 ratings
2022 Ratings: #24
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Rolling Stone
The beloved Nineties duo’s new work resounds like a Mandarin manifesto for the 99 percent.
Lack of everyday slappers aside, it’s a grand return to form, giving truth to the bars, “Black Star shines eternally,” off their debut single 24 years ago. It proves authentic, honest voices are impervious to time — especially if an artist is brave enough not to compromise.

No Fear… lives up to its name thanks to Black Star's bravery against the odds of falling woefully short like nearly all of their fellow MCs would have.

The long-awaited sequel to the duo’s classic debut contains bursts of inspired lyricism, but a lack of chemistry and uninspired production make this a disappointing follow-up.

Don't compare it to their first album.
Don't compare it to their first album.
Do NOT compare it to their first album. Do NOT, do it. DON'T. Even, think about it.
It's been too long, they're straight up different people with different career arches by now, it serves to benefit NO ONE.
Don't do it.

...Alright fine but just this once.

*wheels out chalkboard, erases previous lesson on Memphis Rap History 101*

Alright, Black Star. It's funny that their first album is ... read more


i was a bit too harsh on this but this is a good record alone
it's like if yasiin and talib faded out of nowhere to make another album
this obviously doesn't compare to their first but it is a good album on its own
if a mainstream fan heard this after a long wait this is worth a try but due to it's shitty rollout this feels empty
but a hardcore fan who wanted more music would dig this
overall 7/10


No End of Time is the first album Mos Def and Talib Kweli have made together in 24 years. Their previous album is a hip hop. classic, featuring tracks like Respiration, Brown Skin Lady, and Definition, which are all some of the best hip hop songs of the 90s.

While this isn’t exactly the best follow up to that project, it’s still really dope. For one, Madlib doesn’t miss at all with any of these beats. Madlib went for a certain vibe with these beats, and he approached that ... read more


Black Star unexpectedly returns for another full-length album titled 'No Fear of Time'. I honestly had no expectations going into this except seeing how sick the cover art is.

This LP is a pretty easy listen overall as it provides clean and smooth production all-round. From the synths to the strings, the instrumentals on here just sound fantastic and work with each other to further elevate these songs. Additionally, I enjoyed the little sound effects that often appear in between lines and ... read more


Don’t really see the appeal here, the debut is a total classic and this doesn’t even come close


really good album man i'd love to dig deeper into it someday but for now it feels nice being alive to hear the black star sequel

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Added on: April 8, 2022