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Black Star Announces Release Date For Long-Awaited Album

On Friday, podcast platform Luminary announced that Black Star will return with their long-awaited sophomore album No Fear of Time on May 3.

It’s confirmed – 2022 marks the return of Black Star. On Friday, the duo consisting of Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli announced that their sophomore album No Fear of Time will be an exclusive on podcast platform Luminary. Releasing on May 3, No Fear of Time marks Black Star‘s first album in nearly 24 years.

Before the album’s release, the duo will release new episodes of their The Midnight Miracle podcast with Dave Chappelle, along with a No Fear of Time album preview.

“About 3-4 years ago I was visiting Yasiin in Europe and we started to talk about songs to do on an album, so I flew an engineer out just to see what that would be,” Kweli said in a press statement. “Once I realized this conversation is starting to organically become a creative conversation, I started making sure to have the engineer around at all times. There was one day we were just in a hotel listening to Madlib beats, and he’s like ‘Play that Madlib tape again.’ I’m playing the beats and he starts doing rhymes to the beats. And that’s how we did the first song.”

Kweli added, “This is very similar to how we did the first album. But the first album, there were no mobile studios. This entire album, we have not set foot in one recording studio. It’s all been done in hotel rooms and backstage at Dave Chappelle shows.”

Previously, the duo had teased a track from the forthcoming album during an episode of The Midnight Miracle last year.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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