At least you don’t have to spend $200 on a Stem Player to get your hands on Black Star’s second album. And hey, with 24 years between recordings, no one can accuse the duo of rushing “No Fear of Time” unlike other projects. After years of failed attempts to generate subscriptions with album release exclusives, however, Black Star’s latest is coming to Luminary, of all places.
The app hit the scene two years ago with a boatload of funding and a goal to become the Netflix of podcasting. His debut was slammed by some of the biggest names in the industry with his “podcasts don’t need commercials” messages. As a result, it launched without some of the biggest names in the industry.
Like Netflix before it, Luminary continued with original content, signing names like Trevor Noah, Roxane Gay, and Russell Brand. Black Star’s Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli happen to co-host “The Midnight Miracle” show with Dave Chappelle on the podcast network (strange coincidence, I realize). Who will offer additional content before the release of the album.
The duo’s debut album, “Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star”, became a true hip-hop classic after its release in 1998. The duo have continued to collaborate over the years, including an appearance on Michel 2006 of Chappelle. Gondry-directed documentary “Block Party,” but ultimately a second album would prove more elusive than “Chinese Democracy.” But unlike that album, the latest Black Star is produced by Madlib, not Axl Rose – a definite point in its favor.
“About 3-4 years ago I was visiting Yasiin in Europe and we started talking about songs to do on an album, so I brought in an engineer just to see what it would be like,” Kweli says. about the new album. Once I realized this conversation was starting to organically turn into a creative conversation, I started making sure I had the engineer at all times. There was one day when we were just in a hotel listening to Madlib beats, and he said, “Play that Madlib tape again.” I play the beats and he starts rhyming the beats. And that’s how we made the first song.
“No Fear of Time” arrives May 3, exclusively on Luminary.