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Yasiin Bey and Madlib Claim a New Black Star Album Is Coming This Year

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Mos Def performs onstage with Gorillaz during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival - Day 2 at Citi Field on September 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Yasiin Bey–formerly Mos Def–made a guest appearance at a Madlib DJ set in Denver last night, and used the opportunity to tease a supposed upcoming Black Star album featuring Madlib. “New Black Star 2018–Madlib, Black Star, Madlib, Black Star.” After the rapper’s appearance, Madlib followed up: “Y’all ready for that album with us?” Black Star is a collaborative rap duo featuring Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli. Though they collaborated on stray songs throughout the 2000s, the group’s last and only album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, was released in August of 1998 (A new project, then, would be a logical 20th anniversary followup). In 2011, the group released a single, “Fix Up,” produced by Madlib.  Listen to audio from the Denver show below.