Published Nov 04, 2011After recently unveiling some North American tour dates, iconic hip-hop duo Black Star have finally clarified some details about their upcoming new material. And of course, it's been a long time coming. The group, composed of Talib Kweli and Mos Def (who is now going by Yaasin Bey), last released an album way back in 1998 with Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star.
Speaking with MTV, Kweli explained that the project is taking so long to return because they want to get every aspect right. He offered the following statement:
Me and Mos are focused on independence and quality of sound. We're really into a Madlib/Dilla thing right now. Anything you hear from us is probably going to be that type of sound. And it's about independence, so we are trying to find out the right mediums to get the songs out. When you heard "Fix Up" on Colbert, it wasn't even mixed; it was something we recorded a week before. Now we're at the mixing stage of the song and we are going to put that out ourselves. We have a bunch of songs recorded. We are just trying to figure out the best way to release them, whether it's going to be one by one, EP or album. Right now, the plan is to release "Fix Up" and then Yaasin is working on a Yaasin Bey Presents project and then we'll see how it goes.
Kweli concluded the interview by saying he wanted to "put out a Black Star project for people to buy sometime next year."