Black Star Light Up The City [With Exclusive Pictures]

The 8th light shone bright as a reunited Black Star took to the stage for two shows Saturday night (May 30) in Times Square.

Mos and Kweli opened up proceedings with “Astronomy” off their 1998 classic, before bouncing between their respective solo work and collaborative efforts. Kweli followed with forays into his Reflection Eternal material (“The Blast”), but it was Mos who grabbed the spotlight. With an album to plug, Black Dante delved into new material from The Ecstatic (in stores June 30), as well his classics, such as “Hip-Hop,” “Umi Says,” and “Sunshine.”

Yet it was the duo’s performance of Black Star songs that enlivened the crowd as the hour-long set went past 3 a.m. After breaking the crowd off with “Definition,” “RE:DEFintion,” “Brown Skin Lady,” “K.O.S.,” and “Supreme [Side To Side],” Black Star closed up shop with arguably the LP’s standout track, “Respiration.”

Fans who missed out on the two New York shows need not worry. Kweli hinted at the possibility of Mos joining him onstage when he hits the road this summer for a number of dates on this summer’s Rock The Bells tour alongside Hi-Tek. – Devin Chanda

Exclusive photos courtesy of Jonathan Weiner. Click on image to enlarge.

  • vhingrhamesonyomomma

    phenominal!

    • mo

      Talib that shit is way too tight homie don’t go Kanye on us

      • BIGNAT

        what about them rainbow shorts mos got on hahahhahaha

      • yoprince

        @ mo

        they not even tight.. you must be a bama

        i gotta make it to one of these shows.. early

      • http://www.bboycult.com www.bboycult.com

        FOR REAL!

        this half faggot shit got to stop! it’s all about being real, and i mean if cats is gay, be gay. stop tryin not to be. but givin signals. with them pants…

        …BOTH of yall…

    • UARK83

      I was at the 11:30 show…they didn’t come on till damn near 1:30am. They were on point though the whole night! One of the best Hip-Hop shows I’ve been to.

      Except that this shitty ass “rap” group named “Blaqstarr” (no joke) came on before them and stunk up the joint! We booed their sorry asses of the stage it was that bad. Coming in yelling “Get it Shorty” and “Murder Murder Murder”…it was laughable!

  • Trenton

    these two dudes are dope.. Ive been following talib since lyricist lounge days and I’ve knowen mos since 98…

    Too me Mos could be top 5 if he wanted to and focused on hiphop music. But dude always been on some other shit witch is good because it shows us that we are people of many talents not just rapping and sports..

    my black people pick up a instrument

    • yoprince

      co-sign

  • Jamal7Mile

    That’s what’s up but …HELLO!!! Detroit over here! Look up Chene Park and Hart Plaza you janky promoters! Africa Bambatta was dope but we need MORE this Summer!!

    *Actually, Chene and Hart be jumpin’ every Summer with somethin’ somethin’. My bad…

  • Federal Ranga

    Wish I could see that. Man, Lyricist Lounge was my SHIT! Is that available on DVD somwhere?

  • Tre

    It’s always good to see those two dudes together.

  • Gerv

    They need to give us another Back Star album really though it’s been 11 years damn!

  • http://www.twitter.com/shafoever SHA EMPERESS

    BROOKLYN! MASHALLAH!!(SPLCK)

    PEACE TO THE GODZ!! YOU ALL INSPIRE ME SO MUCH…SINCE LIKE 94..WATCHING YOU ON RAP CITY…AT YOUR BOOKSTORE…YOU MADE ME DREAM TO HAVE ONE….AND I WILL…..

    YOU LIFT OUR MINDS…
    THRU GALAXY TIMES…
    WIT INCREDIBLE RHYMES
    THAT SUN RAY SHINE….

    WE HERE BABIES…..AND GOING HIGHER…OUR DESINY.

    100 LOVE
    SHA E

  • TheRefriedMexican

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    PEACE,FROM THE BAY!

    BLACK STAR = SUPREME, SUPREME.

    COME VIBE;
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    PEACE TO YOU & YOURS