Black Star is back.
For decades, the duo of Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) and Talib Kweli have told fans that the long-in-the-works follow-up to their sole 1998 album — produced in its entirety by Madlib — will eventually see the light of day. To put things into context: legendary recluse Jay Electronica released two albums — A Written Testimony and Act II: The Patents Of Nobility — before Black Star did.
Well, finally Bey and Kweli have released their long-in-the-works sophomore Black Star album, dubbed No Fear of Time. “There was one day we were just in a hotel listening to Madlib beats, and [Yasiin Bey was] like ‘Play that Madlib tape again,’” Kweli said about the project’s initial creation. “I’m playing the beats and he starts doing rhymes to the beats. And that’s how we did the first song.”
A nine-song release, the album has features from Yummy Bingham and living legend Black Thought. Now the fun part: No Fear Of Time, for the time being/foreseeable future, is only a a Luminary exclusive (Lunminary, of course, being the home of both the duo’s The Midnight Miracle podcast with Dave Chappelle and Kweli’s solo podcast People’s Party).
To access/listen to it (again, for the time being/foreseeable future), head here. Black Star has also released a lyric video for the project’s focus single, “o.G.”