How have I not tossed any Black Star on here yet? Yeah, I don’t know either. Talib Kweli and Mos Def formed Black Star as a nod to Marcus Garvey. They only made one album together, but with how lyrically gifted these guys are, I wish they had made more; the two play off each other perfectly.

The song itself was essentially an ode to Tupac and Biggie and the infatuation that hip-hop has with death and violence. Incredibly catchy, and with both guys amazing flow, this song is a classic; even if it was intended for underground hip-hop. The beat was a sample from “P is Free” by Boogie Down Productions and goes along wonderfully with the lyrics. Black Star definitely represented real hip-hop and Mos Def and Talib Kweli still do today. This shit is flawless.