Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star is an album that in my eyes can be classed as hiphop royalty.
This album proved that hiphop is Music with a capital M. Not that I needed convincing of that fact. But this album is one of the pinnacles of the genre as far as I know. Both the music and the lyrics are pure art.
The album also proves that hiphop can rise above the dark themes of gangsta rap. Instead this album is filled with a much more positive message, while never losing sight of the toughness of life.
A great album that in 1998 blew a fresh wind into the world of hiphop. A world by then plagued by dissing, revenge rap and killings.
Mos Def and Talib Kweli showed that it was possible to be edgy without enmity.
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