Talib Kweli says Yasiin Bey announced the Black Star reunion prematurely

One half of the hip-hop supergroup says a Madlib-produced album “might” happen.

March 01, 2018

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During a DJ set In February, Yasiin Bey revealed new music from Black Star, his hip-hop duo with Talib Kweli, was coming and implied that Madlib was also attached: “New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin, coming soon!” However, Kweli has poured cold water on that announcement in a new interview with HipHopDX, saying a new album is not 100% confirmed, but "might happen."


Kweli says he stepped off a plane soon after Bey's announcement and was surprised to be greeted by headlines announcing the follow-up to Black Star's 1998 album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. "I found out on the internet the same way y’all did," he said. "We’ve been talking about doing an album with Madlib for years. That’s been an idea we’ve had for so long, but for him to make that announcement … It’s not like we discussed it and said, ‘Ok, we’re going to announce it.’"

Still, Kweli says that the odds for a new Black Star album are good. "It’s an idea we have been discussing for a long time, now we just gotta make it happen.” A newsletter for Madlib's website Rappcats wrote that Kweli and Bey have been in talks with Madlib to discuss "how they might make [a new album] happen.”

A representative for Talib Kweli was not immediately available for comment.

Talib Kweli says Yasiin Bey announced the Black Star reunion prematurely