Friday, March 20, 2009

Random iPod Track of the Week - Black Star "Definition"

This is a true classic right here.  "Definition" was the first time I ever heard of Mos Def or Talib Kweli but from that point on I was a huge fan.  I was instantly attracted to their different style and flow, unique voices and broad subject matter.  I'm still a little disappointed that they never put out another album as Black Star (still hoping) but they do appear on songs together from time to time so I guess that is almost as good.  Hopefully there will be a reunion with a new Black Star album in the future.

This track holds up suprisingly well even though it is over 10 years old.  I feel like they could release this today and it would still be a major hit.  It's crazy that this song came out in 1998 because that was when "Jiggy" and "Bling" and commercial Hip Hop were in full effect.  There were no shiny suits or crazy video budgets for these guys though.  That's for sure.  Just check out the cop trying to shut them down halfway through the video.  They were rappin' in a freakin' van in the middle of the city!  What's the problem officer?  It doesn't get much more low budget than that.... 

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