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Black Star

Marcus Garvey, founder of the united Negro Improvement Association manifested his ideas by creating the Black Star shipping line, designed to repatriate blacks to Africa. Garvey's political vision not only inspired Mos Def and Talib Kweli's band name, but many of their thematic concerns about the African-American community. Black Star is part of the Native Tongues crew, a collective that contains A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers, the Bush Babies and Common. Def's first break was his showcase on De La Soul's album Stakes Is High on the track "Big Brother Beat." Kweli was half of Reflection Eternal prior to joining up with Def. Def has many television roles under his belt and continues to act. Black Star bought into the landmark African-American bookstore in Brooklyn, Nkiru Books, where Kweli had worked for years. Some of Black Star's early work can be heard on Lyricist Lounge Vol.1, a club where rappers got to test their chops along with other up-and-coming artists. Articulate and provocative, Black Star looks to classic rappers like KRS-One, Run D.M.C. and Public Enemy to inform their sound. Their self-titled debut grapples with "black love and esteem" and is concerned primarily about the stories that aren't being told in their communities. They are one of the few hip-hop bands that realize not everyone in the African-American community is involved in a gangsta culture. That fact alone makes them some of the most intelligent rappers to grace the vapid hip-hop scene in the late '90s. ~ Ryan Randall Goble
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Track List: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

1. Intro

2. Astronomy (8th Light)

3. Definition

5. Children's Story

6. Brown Skin Lady

7. B Boys Will B Boys

8. K.O.S. (Determination)

9. Hater Players

10. Yo Yeah

11. Respiration

12. Thieves In The Night

13. Twice Inna Lifetime

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Track List: Fix Up (Single)

1. Fix Up

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Add Visietry
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1 2 3 Mos Def & Talib Kweli!!!!!!
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Understand this! If we as a people. Supported fully our Black Stars....(E. g . ) . . . . T . I . . . . . . . & the latest.
Scenario-of- i n v e s t i g a t i o n s , . That happened right before the performance. In a "green room area"
NY,New York USA.....we will find out. Not only is entrapment happening to STOP professional artists.The Black progress in (itself) in in immediate jeopardy.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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We just don't
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Don't agree with all of Black Star's politics, but wow...the flow...great lyricists, and extra points for being political in the first place. If only more of hip-hoppers were as blithe as Talib.
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"breakin bread" hitek ! This that raw beyond s**t ! B-boy mental visionaries !
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Damn that's good
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Classic "Black Starr" Talib and Mos Def are true Hip Hop from back in the day..
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Love Love, nothing but, Love
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Deep!
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We all black stars
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Wow
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Mod def
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jenifferplay
Kool and the gang
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Black Star is the SH-T!!!! KOS
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The F**KING KING!!!!!!
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Classic album...
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gsweeze
nothing about Talib? WTF Pandora? Ryan you should be ashamed of your unwillingnes s to include more information about Talib
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This is a must for your collection classic hip hop
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What about Kweli?????
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twade187
If you like hip hop, get this album.
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malinallitek p a t l
Come on Pandora. You should know Black Star is made up of more than just Mos Def.
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Man im glad i grew up listening to this real hip hop and real gangsta rap ..cause hip hop and rap are REALLY dead nowadays....
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no1goddess_h o t e p
Uuuuuum Pandora?
Black Star is composed of Mos Def AND Talib Kweli. U needta change this info and ask a REAL Hip Hop expert before allowing your "writers" to post these shenanigans as truth ��
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Banga!!!!! Miss those days.
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Black star = gems
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Damn, and common sense? This s**t is nasty yo
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True that
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This that real s**t. Straight fiyah
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Ha to dope
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It feels so damn good to listen to real hip hop thank you God for this great music
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This is not fake apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be asked out or kissed if you break this chain you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will either say I love your or I'm sorry.
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Real recognized real. Until mos def came, now mos def recognize truth! Mos Def!
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Ooh kill em
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Whoever wrote the bio totally focused on Mos Def, and ignored Kweli
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This "REaL HiP HOP" I don't care what Nobody say!
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My god! I haven't heard this in years! This is a REALLY great album. Both of these dudes have an elegant style. Very smart.
-Peace between the peoples.
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Why is there no bio on talib or hi-tek. Black star is much more!!!!
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keep the tracks .. running!
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Blackstar Mos, Talib and Hi-tek.
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Yasin Bey is one of the illest.
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not gonna fix the bio are you? weak.
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REWIND!!!! 4x
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Rips it every time true MC
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ginolongnutz
Rat
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Talib rips it every time. Prolific writer and MC
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blackberry_2 9
Black Star was the truth and this is a classic that is necessary in your collection! However this bio neglected the other member of the group, Talib Kweli who still continues to make quality hip hop.
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TRUE POETS
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blizsalico
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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is this a bio or an opinion piece?! you don't have to do the artists justice but at least get something right. Kweli, anyone?
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