“It’s In God’s Hands Now”: Talib Kweli Hints At Black Star’s New Album Never Being Released

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"It's In God's Hands Now": Talib Kweli Hints At Black Star's New Album Never Being Released
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Talib Kweli claimed that “Too many interlopers and culture vultures” are in the way of the album’s highly-anticipated release.

Looks like Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey‘s highly-anticipated Black Star album with Madlib may never see the light of day.

Kweli offered a new update on the status of the album in response to a fan hoping to see its release before the end of the month.


“Too many interlopers and culture vultures in the way,” the rapper responded. “This album been done for over a year. I paid for the whole album myself. Too many greedy people in the way stopping us from working with Madlib. I wash my hands of it at this point.”

He then followed this up with a longer explanation on his Instagram, writing in a since-deleted post:

I’m tired of being silent about this. I tried my best y’all. Flew around the globe. Paid for this out of pocket. All for the culture. I’m a fan of Black Star too. I want to see this come out as bad as y’all do, or more. But people who never made a beat, never wrote a rhyme in they life got they fingers in the pie and are being disrespectful to what me and my brothers built. It’s in Gods hands now. I’m on to other things, life is too short to be disrespected by culture vultures. Maybe y’all will get to hear this album after I’m gone.

In another deleted post, Kweli shared a video taken over a year ago of Dave Chappelle listening to a snippet of the album.

Previously, Kweli had said that the duo were “Trying to find the right deal for the Black Star album,” but with the artist’s latest update it doesn’t seem likely that the album will be released anytime soon or, possibly, at all.

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