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Black Star rose out of the underground hip hop movement in the late 1990s following the deaths of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. With the release of their self-titled album in 1998 and hits “Definition” and “Respiration,” MCs Mos Def and Talib Kewli have helped shape underground alternative rap by bringing it further into the mainstream eye. Though their record achieved little commercial success, their lyrics open a new window into many modern-day, urban and philosophical ideas.
Rumor has it that this dynamic duo is working together on a new album. The release date is unconfirmed.
Mos Def and Talib Kweli are both independently successful outside of their Black Star duo, each with over five studio albums on the market. Mos Def is also known for his acting ability, making appearances in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows.