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Black Star Biography


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Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Years Active: 1998–present
Genres: Alternative Hip Hop


Black Star is a hip hop duo composed of Mos Def (also known as Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli. Black Star arose from the underground movement of the late 1990s, which was in large part due to Rawkus Records, an independent record label stationed in New York City.

They released one self titled album. Though the record achieved little commercial success, they (and other members of the Native Tongues Posse) helped shape underground alternative rap and helped bring it further into the mainstream eye. Neither have gone on to greater commercial and critical success in separate solo careers.

In 2001, Black Star performed “Money Jungle” with Ron Carter and John Patton for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album “Red Hot + Indigo,” a tribute to Duke Ellington, which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. In 2006, Black Star appeared in the movie “Dave Chappelle's Block Party,” alongside Erykah Badu, Common, Jill Scott, Dead Prez and The Fugees, among others. They contributed a new song, “Born & Raised,” to the film's soundtrack.

A new Black Star song was leaked via DJ J Rocc from Stones Throw Records. The song is produced by Madlib and is titled “Fix Up.” In October 2011 they appeared on the “Colbert Report” performing the track for the first time.