Talib Kweli Says "Culture Vultures" Are Holding Up the New Black Star Album

He's also announced the solo album 'Cultural Currency'

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jul 13, 2020

A follow-up to Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey's revered 1998 collaborative LP Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star, produced entirely Madlib, sounded too good to be true when news first broke two years ago, and Kweli has now said it may remain that way for the foreseeable future.

As HipHop-N-More reports, Kweli gave an update on a new Black Star album in a since-deleted Instagram post last week, and the news didn't sound promising. 

The MC wrote that "the album been done for over a year. I paid for the whole album myself," while also deriding "too many interlopers and culture vultures in the way...too many greedy people in the way stopping us from working with Madlib. I wash my hands of it at this point."

Kweli expanded further as follows:

I'm tired of being silent about this. I tried my best y'all. Flew around the globe. Paid for this out of pocket. All for the culture. I'm a fan of Black Star too. I want to see this come out as bad as y'all do, or more. But people who never made a beat, never wrote a rhyme in they life got they fingers in the pie and are being disrespectful to what me and my brothers built. It's in Gods hands now. I'm on to other things, life is too short to be disrespected by culture vultures. Maybe y'all will get to hear this album after I'm gone.

Since making the post, Kweli shared a shot of him and Madlib with the caption "BROTHERS GONNA WORK IT OUT," so here's hoping any further hold-ups get resolved.

Kweli has also announced the release of a new solo album dubbed Cultural Currency, and he's set to release a new track every month through Patreon before the entire thing arrives. It will follow his 2017 LP Radio Silence.

BROTHERS GONNA WORK IT OUT #BlackStarForever #MadlibTheBadKid @madlib

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