In an Instagram post this morning (see below,) the Brooklyn rapper shared a photo of himself and Yasiin Bey with the hashtags “#sampleclearance” and “#blackstarforever,” signaling that the project may actually be in its final stages. The dispatch arrives just a few weeks after the rapper posted a recent photo of himself at Dave Chappelle’s Yellow Springs, OH compound with the Bandana producer, Hi-Tek, J.PERIOD, Pharoahe Monch, and DJ Trauma. “Last weekend I brought together great minds to help me figure out how to get this Black Star Madlib album to the people properly,” Kweli wrote in the post. Obviously, there’s no telling what the timeline on the album’s release might be at this point, but it seems we may just get that Blackstar and Madlib collaborative album after all.
Originally announced by Bey during a 2018 Madlib DJ set, the unreleased project went from a pipedream to being pieced together, mixed, completed, and circulated amongst privileged ears, and all within just a few years. The earliest (and, frankly, only,) review of the album came from Dave Chappelle. “It’s fire,” the comedian told The Blast in an interview from 2019. Here’s hoping it won’t be too long until people not considered the greatest comedian of a generation can also hear it.
You can read through Kweli’s updates on Blackstar’s anxiously-anticipated sophomore album below. Hold tight for more details in the weeks and months ahead.
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