When it comes to historic hip hop groups, the impact that Black Star had on their time period is difficult to top. Even though they only released one album over the course of a few years together, Black Star’s rise came at a crucial time. In the late 1990’s, the hip hop world was at a crossroads after the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls made for an uncertain future, and the combination of Mos Def and Talib Kweli not only addressed the confusing times, but ushered in a new era of hip hop.
In 1998, both Mos Def and Talib were planning to release solo albums around the same time, but they postponed their individual projects and decided instead to collaborate on what turned out to be a classic full-length. The duo later did a song for the compilation album Red Hot + Indigo, a tribute to Duke Ellington in 2001 and a new song for the film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2006, but what fans really wanted was a new long player, and tour dates.
Since then, there have been more rumors than actual collaboration between the two, but the rumors are becoming a reality now in 2011, at least when it comes to touring, as the duo have announced a string of dates that includes a stop here in Cincinnati at Bogarts on September 17th. It should be an amazing show, and it looks like it’s gonna cost you as well. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday morning and are set at $42.50 before fees. But don’t wait to get em at the door, because it’s $55 bucks day of show. Are you going?
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