Black Star, the duo of Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli, have revealed the details of their new album. Produced entirely by Madlib, No Fear of Time will mark their first album in 24 years, following 1998’s Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. It’s out May 3 and will be available exclusively through the podcasting platform Luminary. Check out the album cover below.
Talking about the album in a statement, Talib Kweli said:
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. 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.
This is very similar to how we did the first album. But the first album, there were no mobile studios. This entire album, we have not set foot in one recording studio. It’s all been done in hotel rooms and backstage at Dave Chappelle shows.
No Fear of Time Cover Artwork: