This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the seminal Blackstar album Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Blackstar.
“New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin, coming soon!” Bey said during a Madlib DJ set in Denver, Colorado. “All Madlib, all day. 2018, Madlib, Black Star. Madlib Black Star.”
The announcement, which was originally found by HipHopDX, was captured and uploaded by a Reddit user who attended the show.
“I just got back from a Madlib DJ set in Denver, and Yasiin Bey made a surprise appearance, and announced a Blackstar & Madlib album dropping in 2018 – he even mentioned it several times,” the user, mellow tooth, wrote. “Yasiin showed up after performing elsewhere in Denver with Talib Kweli the same night.”
The return of Blackstar is somewhat surprising considering Bey announced his retirement in 2016. And although Blackstar performed three Halloween shows together last year, nothing was announced in regards to the two working on a new album until now.
“2018 is looking good,” Kweli wrote in the caption. Following the post plenty of fans began to speculate that the picture hinted at a forthcoming Blackstar project. However, it’s still unsure if the picture and this announcement are related.