The album you’ve been waiting for 24 years comes out exclusively on a paid podcasting service

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At least you don’t have to spend $200 on a Stem Player to get your hands on Black Star’s second album. And hey, with 24 years between the records, no one can accuse the duo of rushing “No Fear of Time” unlike other projects. After years of failed attempts to get subscriptions with exclusive album releases, Black Star’s latest on Luminary comes, of all places.

The app hit the market two years ago with a boatload of funding and the goal of becoming the Netflix of podcasting. The debut was grudgingly received from some of the biggest names in the industry with its “podcasts don’t need ads” message. As a result, it launched without some of the biggest names in the industry.

Like Netflix before that, Luminary has continued with original content and signed names like Trevor Noah, Roxane Gay and Russell Brand. Coincidentally, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli of Black Star co-host the show “The Midnight Miracle with Dave Chappelle on the podcast network (weird coincidence, I realize). Which will serve up some additional content ahead of the album’s release.

The duo’s first album, “Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star”, became a bona fide hip-hop classic upon its release in 1998. Gondry directed documentary ‘Block Party’, but in the end a second album would prove more elusive than ‘Chinese Democracy’. But unlike that album, the latest Black Star is produced by Madlib, not Axl Rose – a clear point in his favor.


“About 3-4 years ago I was visiting Yasiin in Europe and we started talking about songs we should do on an album, so I flew out an engineer to see what that would be,” says Kweli of the new album. When I realized that this conversation was turning into a creative conversation organically, I started making sure the engineer was always around. There was a day when we were just listening to Madlib beats in a hotel, and he said, ‘Play that Madlib tape again.’ I play the beats and he starts doing rhymes to the beats. And so we did the first song.”

“No Fear of Time” is out May 3rd exclusively on Luminary.

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