Mos Def and Talib Kweli re-united as Black Star last night (May 30) in New York City and featured a special performance set by Kanye West‘s protege 88-Keys.
Black Star’s overall presence at the Big Apple’s Nokia Theater was felt through the crowd’s cheers as they both performed their popular tracks.
Coming out in their own respective attire, Talib with his signature fitted cap resting atop his head with black clothing as Mos easily contradicted his partner’s gear via a “Coogi” pair of shorts, polo top and black boots. Despite their records, it was the duo’s appreciation of each audience member’s ticket purchase which Mos said “Thank-you, you could have been anywhere else in the world, but you’re here with us. We appreciate that.” In addition to “Kweli,” other tracks were played including Mos Def’s version of “Children’s Story.” (SOHH On The Scene)
88-Keys also made his way to the stage prior to Black Star’s public reunion, but was met with mixed reactions.
I won’t lie….never had the chance to fully listen to 88-Keys, but when he came out and spit a few bars here and there…I was impressed. Now while there are only two slight clips from the show I have provided below, don’t get it twisted. He went “IN.” From tricking fans by saying he was bringing out Yeezy (Kanye West to newly converted hip-hop heads) and instead coming out with his shirt open, black glove and lip-synching to his lead single, 88 battled a handful of boos, a wad of paper thrown at his story-telling assistant which came out in-between tracks and poor microphone sound problems. (SOHH On The Scene)
Mos is currently preparing his new album The Ecstatic.
“The name of the album is The Ecstatic,” Mos said in an interview earlier this year. “I titled it after one of my favorite novels by Victor LaValle and I’m really excited about it — it’s a lot shorter than some of my previous work but it’s still really full. [Guests include] Slick Rick, Jay Electronica, Black Thought and working with Madlib. For 2009, I got a couple of different projects on deck. Definitely looking forward to bringing ‘Def Poetry’ back to television for at least one more season. I’d like to do it in New Orleans in the ninth ward.” (Zune Insider)
His latest film, Next Day Air, debuted at No. 6 earlier this year.
Paramount’s Star Trek has successfully beamed up, debuting to $76.5 million at the domestic box office, including $4 million in Thursday night runs. Weekend’s other new wide release was Summit Entertainment’s urban comedy Next Day Air, which struggled to find an audience. The film grossed $4 million from 1,138 runs to place No. 6. (Variety)
The Ecstatic is currently set to be released Tuesday, June 9 via Downtown.
Check out SOHH On The Scene‘s footage below: