Yasiin Bey Announces New “Black Star” Album

Yasiin Bey x Mos Def
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It’s been two decades since legendary rappers Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) came together as Black Star to release a collaborative effort, but according to Bey, we can look forward to a new album soon.

During a recent show in Denver, Colo., the rapper-actor announced that Talib Kweli and himself have met with the Stones Throw producer Madlib — who was also performing — to begin work on a new Black Star project.

“New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey, coming soon!” Bey said in a recorded clip, which was uploaded by a Reddit user. “All Madlib, all day. 2018, Madlib, Black Star. Madlib Black Star.”

The news of a Black Star sequel is surprising to most, seeing as though Bey announced his retirement back in 2016. Under his alias “Mos Def,” the rapper planned on releasing at least three more albums before he bowed out, but released just one — Dec 99th in December 2016.

Black Star’s only album to date, a self-titled effort called Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, dropped in 1998 on Rawkus Records, the same label the two would later release their solo debuts with.

Further details about Bey and Kweli’s new Black Star projects are currently unknown. Stay tuned.