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Rewind Wednesdays (Week 13): Black Star - "Definition" | Takin' Mines
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Rewind Wednesdays (Week 13): Black Star – “Definition”
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Although the archetype of Hip Hop usually comprises of a single emcee doin his thing over the instrumentals provided by the DJ, duos ultimately present a new element, an element that allows them to feed off of each other and fill in the gaps of the other member.Though there has been a number of successful Hip Hop pairs (Outkast, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, EPMD) for our money, Black Star, comprised of the legendary Mos Def ( who now goes by Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli deserved to be mentioned amongst the greats. With the appropriately titled Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star in hand, we’ve decided to take a look back at the legendary “Definition.”

 

Mos & Kweli have the kind of chemistry that rivals pairs from NBA Jam. To this day, I haven’t met a person who didn’t enjoy the track; the Brooklyn boys drop one of the most memorable hooks in their careers as Mos flows with the Hi-Tek beat, while Kweli drops facts on his strength behind the mic and how Black Star can’t compete with the struggle rappers of the time. If it’s been a while since you’ve bumped Black Star, Mos Def, or Talib Kweli, check out the video down below and make sure you catch that joke around the two minute mark.

 

 

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Greg Grease – “Forward”

 

 

If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.

 

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