Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Excited About Black Star, Talks ‘Top 40 Underdog’

    Will the world ever hear a proper follow-up to Black Star’s classic debut? Who knows. But it’s refreshing to see that one half of the duo, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), is excited about recording new material with Talib Kweli. Speaking with Hypebeast, Yasiin noted that “[n]ow it feels like the right time for Black Star to come back.”

    A big reason for that is the fact that Kweli is completely independent and they can release their music on their own terms. Per the interview:

    “[Kweli has] no label, no obligation and it is good to have this full circle, having even more control to do what we actually want to do. I am excited.” 

    So are we. We’re also psyched to hear what else Yasiin does with his Top 40 Underdog series, which he kicked off with “Ni**as in Poorest” on MLK Day. He explained that he’s doing this “for the culture” as it “gives and extends the life of our culture, our rhythm.” He went on to say that this project has been fun for him and that he’s just a “fan of music … seek[ing] for just another opportunity to express myself and give my point of view on certain things.” 

    Sounds good to us, Mos. Um, I mean, Yasiin. [HHDX]