When it comes to the development of a sound, the world of hip-hop has often been defined by the works of a bold few. Black Star, made up of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, has been helping shape underground alternative rap scene since the year 1998 when they released their first album. Black Star’s emergence into the hip-hop scene came at a very crucial point in music history. Following the deaths of Biggie Smalls and Tupac, hip-hop soon became a world of chaos. Black Star helped bring reconciliation in the wake of these deaths, and helped the world of hip-hop progress into bold new directions. Some of Black Star’s early work can be heard on Lyricist Lounge, a release where rappers put their skills to the test along with other upcoming artists. In 2001 Black Star performed “Money Jungle” with Ron Carter and John Patton for the album Red Hot + Indigo which raised money for various charities that were devoted to increasing AIDS awareness. In the year 2006 Mos and Kweli appeared together in the movie Dave Chappelle’s Block Party alongside Dead Prez, The Fugees, and many others. Black Star contributed a new song “ Born and Raised” to the movies soundtrack. Black Starr performances are rare throughout recent history, and this appearance at the Summer Set Music & Camping Festival is a true treat for all. If you dig hip-hop music you are sure to have a good time when Black Star takes the stage.
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