Brothers From Other Mothers
Concerts & Clubs / In 1998, two talented Brooklyn-bred emcees with endearing love for hip hop recorded Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star.
Driven by witty rhymes and creative intelligience, Mos Def (who now goes by Yasiin Bey) and Kweli were lauded for properly delivering boom bap on “Respiration,” “Re:DEFinition” and “Brown Skin Lady.” Thus Black Star was born.
“Yasiin is definitely my brother from another mother,” says Kweli. “Black Star was formed out of friendship, brotherhood and solidarity. I have skills that he admires and he has skills that I admire. In that sense we always challenge each other to be better.”
Deemed socially conscious, underground, back pack rappers in their early days, the duo is legendary today.
“Black Star is exactly what it was when we started,” says Kweli. “Yasiin and I have grown tremendously as artists, and not always in the same direction, but Black Star remains pure. That is the reason that, no matter what else we accomplish as individuals, we can always come back to Black Star together.”