Black Star have released their second album No Fear of Time, which also happens to be their first album in nearly 24 years. The album is exclusively available on the subscription-based audio entertainment platform, Luminary.
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and Talib Kweli’s previous album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, was released in 1998 and became an instant classic. Since then, while they’ve released projects on their own, the duo hasn’t released a full-length project together, though released an occasional song every few years.
No Fear of Time was produced by Madlib. Talk of creating a new album together began several years ago as Kweli was visiting Bey who was living in Europe at the time.
“About 3-4 years ago I was visiting Yasiin in Europe and we started to talk about songs to do on an album, so I flew an engineer out just to see what that would be,” Kweli said of the process. Once I realized this conversation is starting to organically become a creative conversation, I started making sure to have the engineer around at all times. There was one day we were just in a hotel listening to Madlib beats, and he’s like ‘Play that Madlib tape again.’ I’m playing the beats and he starts doing rhymes to the beats. And that’s how we did the first song.”
Continuing, Kweli said that the duo never stepped foot in a recording studio throughout the entire production process. The whole album was “done in hotel rooms and backstage at Dave Chappelle shows.”
A brand new lyric video for their single “o.G.” has also been released in conjunction with the album release. You can watch that here.
Black Star No Fear of Time track list:
So be it
Sweetheart. Sweethard. Sweetodd.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing
My favorite band
No fear of time w Yummy Bingham
Freequency w Black Thought