Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Professionals: Black Star - "Fix Up" & "You Already Knew" (Aretha Mixtape)



Much to the delight of zealous fans, Black Star are back for Round 2, after a 10-year [semi-]hiatus. Since issuing Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (1998), the Boom Bap duo have stayed pretty silent; Excluding the occasional Mos Def feature, Talib Kweli Remix, or vice versa, of course. In honor of Black Friday #blackstarfriday 2011, Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli released their latest single, "Fix Up" to iTunes' online data-base. Some of you may recall the fact that this very song was performed LIVE @ Colbert Report Studios a few mere weeks ago [Below].


Mind you, that was just Friday morning... Rounding off the day's nation-wide festive shopping excursions, Black Star liberated yet another new track: "You Already Knew" that very evening. Granted, this track isn't from Black Star's long-rumored triumphant return - Although it will indefinitely appear within Black Star Aretha: a mixtape tribute crafted in honor of legendary songstress, Aretha Franklin.
Production duties on both "Fix Up" and "You Already Knew" were handled by Stones Throw's very own The Professionals, Madlib & Oh No (Jackson Brothers). At press time, the project is sans concrete release date. But it's without a doubt, expected sooner than later! Keep in mind that nearly any of Mos Def Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli's "Famous Friends" are likely to appear: Jay Electronica, Kanye, Gorillaz Res (Idle Warship), Chester French, The Roots, Q-Tip, or MF DOOM.

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