It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

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
full bio

Comments

Report as inappropriate
This is a must for your collection classic hip hop
Report as inappropriate
What about Kweli?????
Report as inappropriate
twade187
If you like hip hop, get this album.
Report as inappropriate
malinallitek p a t l
Come on Pandora. You should know Black Star is made up of more than just Mos Def.
Report as inappropriate
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....
Report as inappropriate
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 ��
Report as inappropriate
Banga!!!!! Miss those days.
Report as inappropriate
Black star = gems
Report as inappropriate
Damn, and common sense? This s**t is nasty yo
Report as inappropriate
True that
Report as inappropriate
This that real s**t. Straight fiyah
Report as inappropriate
Ha to dope
Report as inappropriate
It feels so damn good to listen to real hip hop thank you God for this great music
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
Real recognized real. Until mos def came, now mos def recognize truth! Mos Def!
Report as inappropriate
Ooh kill em
Report as inappropriate
Whoever wrote the bio totally focused on Mos Def, and ignored Kweli
Report as inappropriate
This "REaL HiP HOP" I don't care what Nobody say!
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
Why is there no bio on talib or hi-tek. Black star is much more!!!!
Report as inappropriate
keep the tracks .. running!
Report as inappropriate
Blackstar Mos, Talib and Hi-tek.
Report as inappropriate
Yasin Bey is one of the illest.
Report as inappropriate
not gonna fix the bio are you? weak.
Report as inappropriate
REWIND!!!! 4x
Report as inappropriate
Rips it every time true MC
Report as inappropriate
ginolongnutz
Rat
Report as inappropriate
Talib rips it every time. Prolific writer and MC
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
TRUE POETS
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
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?
Report as inappropriate
The BEAT Anit no Joke
Report as inappropriate
This is my s**t
Report as inappropriate
*******
Report as inappropriate
I MISS BLACK STARR. where yall @????????
Report as inappropriate
Damn the best hip-hop group that has ever surfaced
Report as inappropriate
mos def also acted in Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy & has since convertd to Islam changng his name to Yasin Bey
Report as inappropriate
yeeeea
Report as inappropriate
https://soun d c l o u d . c o m / a _ g o o d _ m o v e m e n t check out my s**t! Im putting out more songs soon! Follow me on soundcloud if ur feeling it
Report as inappropriate
Follow me if you like real rap and i will follow you back
Report as inappropriate
jcswolle200
What a discredit to Talib and unbelievable after so many posts, no change has been made to this photo and bio!!
Report as inappropriate
disregard that last comment. i just learned how pandora worked and i thought everyone was listening to A Childrens Story lol
Report as inappropriate
well technically talib kweli wasnt even in this song, maybe thats why the bios like that? it still should have talib in it since its about black star. btw shoutout to slick rick
Report as inappropriate
zman3192
F**k the prick who wrote this bio for Mos
Report as inappropriate
Who ever write the bio is a dumb f**k! Anyone listening to this knows is Kweli and mos!!
Report as inappropriate
The author behind this bio should put up a picture of Talib Kweli also, given that BlackStar was the 2 of them together.
Report as inappropriate
fusionconfus i o n 2 4 0
Who wrote this biography? He sounds like he really doesn't like mos def. So what if he likes acting, that's not a bad thing.
Report as inappropriate
Coco butter, brown skin ladies...lov e it!! ❌❤❌❤
Report as inappropriate
biggims17
https://itun e s . a p p l e . c o m / a l b u m / s t a l e m a t e / i d 6 0 9 4 1 9 8 9 0 ? v 0 = 9 9 8 9 & i g n - m p t = u o % 3 D 1



www.reverbna t i o n . c o m / o p t i m i s t t h e k i n g




Show more

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[121, 83, 109, 86, 98, 107, 112, 84, 92, 123, 64, 106, 77, 92, 87, 76, 65, 81, 116, 117, 93, 108, 106, 105, 96, 90, 125, 97, 103, 90, 92, 93, 72, 91, 110, 94, 72, 122, 99, 112, 69, 98, 110, 84, 100, 126, 86, 104, 83, 122, 84, 115, 84, 93, 98, 82, 97, 93, 98, 116, 110, 92, 102, 99, 118, 88, 64, 66, 123, 74, 126, 108, 81, 99, 113, 119, 76, 66, 119, 85, 104, 70, 100, 110, 109, 109, 91, 98, 119, 86, 74, 103, 123, 116, 112, 68, 111, 108, 109, 123, 122, 125, 100, 109, 103, 66, 100, 91, 78, 86, 65, 69, 77, 109, 84, 83, 72, 75, 95, 80, 75, 73, 97, 105, 126, 66, 85, 114, 93, 98, 121, 84, 122, 80, 127, 104, 101, 97, 127, 107, 72, 81, 112, 110, 89, 121, 101, 116, 74, 65, 103, 90, 75, 112, 125, 67, 90, 93, 94, 107, 112, 86, 97, 80, 69, 66, 113, 120, 91, 101, 117, 82, 107, 112, 96, 91, 107, 89, 123, 65, 88, 103, 65, 73, 115, 72, 120, 115, 65, 79, 91, 111, 123, 127, 103, 116, 115, 73, 92, 93, 70, 118, 126, 82, 105, 95, 71, 124, 76, 111, 76, 121, 102, 100, 104, 65, 106, 93, 91, 73, 86, 65, 91, 112, 75, 127, 68, 105, 65, 118, 112, 92, 114, 93, 121, 121, 113, 64, 72, 84, 102, 107, 125, 125, 74, 117, 108, 108, 69, 117, 88, 115, 119, 87, 83, 123, 85, 93, 101, 74, 121, 97, 79, 71, 85, 71, 121, 68, 99, 119, 90, 93, 80, 105, 102, 103, 94, 70, 125, 114, 100, 122, 85, 77, 66, 126, 93, 110, 88, 65, 80, 70, 71, 120, 117, 99, 71, 94, 104, 102, 92, 113, 70, 81, 110, 87, 66, 120, 107, 73, 81, 79, 118, 67, 79, 88, 65, 115, 103, 82, 93, 89, 85, 109, 84, 99, 117, 127, 65, 70, 90, 125, 103, 125, 119, 102, 117, 93, 68, 85, 99, 101, 108, 113, 80, 88, 65, 126, 91, 110, 66, 69, 101, 68, 101, 84, 81, 77, 121, 92, 113, 114, 109, 99, 80, 80, 99, 110, 117, 84, 93, 82, 97, 101, 119, 120, 112, 85, 109, 123, 103, 81, 90, 86, 120, 98, 116, 100, 76, 117, 97, 77, 91, 97, 99, 125, 100, 102, 67, 110, 74, 120, 95, 78, 123, 118, 78, 123, 89, 80, 101, 77, 66, 123, 77, 98, 98, 108, 66, 121, 110, 112, 88, 106, 75, 111, 66, 87, 65, 75, 107, 85, 87, 109, 89, 102, 85, 108, 77, 113, 76, 87, 119, 81, 68, 87, 110, 104, 80, 111, 114, 119, 71, 111, 77, 122, 80, 78, 115, 64, 98, 126, 105, 108, 98, 124, 73, 103, 78, 89, 82, 96, 103, 114, 86, 98, 66, 82, 105, 100, 94, 81, 69, 105, 69, 113, 101, 105, 79, 77, 98, 127, 115, 65, 75, 101, 68, 98, 79, 105, 103, 95, 82, 111, 94, 121, 107, 104, 108, 83, 81, 83]