Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Blackstar (Explicit)
by Black Star
Released: Aug 1998
Label: Rawkus Entertainment
Arguably Rawkus' most high profile release at the time, Black Star finds Mos and Talib trading choice rhymes addressing spirituality, consciousness, social strife, hip-hop, and love. Warm and jazzy production is provided by Hi-Tek, Mr. Walt, and J Rawls. "Respiration" (with Common) and "Brown Skin Lady" are especially fresh.