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Talib Kweli made a major announcement about the forthcoming Black Star album with Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def) during Wednesday’s (June 3) episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Kweli appeared on the late night talks show to discuss social justice topics such as activism, racism, reparations, and police brutality.
In between discussing current events and his solo album, the Brooklyn native dropped a few details about the progress of the Black Star project.
“A lot of people have been hitting me up like 'We need that Black Star album, we need that Black Star album.' Me and Mos Def are in the final stages of the Black Star album,” he revealed. “It's produced completely by Madlib, so shoutout to Madlib and everybody at Oxnard. The new Black Star album is dealing with a lot of this subject matter. I'm working hard to get it out to the people."
The album will be the long-awaited follow-up to the hip-hop duo’s critically acclaimed 1998 debut LP, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. This isn't the first time that Black Star has made mention of the album. In 2018, Yasiin announced that the album was “coming soon.”
Watch Talib’s full interview below.
Megan Thee Stallion is the second female rapper to come in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the last month. The Houston rapper’s “Savage” remix jumped from fifth place to the top spot this week marking Meg’s first run atop the single’s chart and Beyonce’s seventh No. 1 single overall.
To celebrate, Bey sent Megan a bouquet of flowers.
Beyoncé sent Megan flowers to congratulate her on their #1 with Savage Remix 🥺💕 pic.twitter.com/Q1bWwFm9LC
— Megan Daily (@HottieSource) May 26, 2020
The “Savage” remix gave Meg her first No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs chart, and returned to the top spot on the Hot Rap Songs tally. The track also climbed four slots to top the Digital Song Sales chart. The single marks a special achievement for Beyonce who joins Mariah Carey as the only two artists to earn No. 1’s in the 2000s, the 2010, and 2020s.
In addition to making chart history, the “Savage” remix was a collective effort between Megan and Beyonce to help their hometown of Houston during the COVID-19 pandemic. The song has reportedly raised more than $500,000 for charity.
Chole x Halle are giving us a taste of what's to come from their upcoming sophomore album, Ungodly Hour, debuting on June 5. The dynamic duo serve up gorgeous visuals in the sweltering new music video for “Do It,” the album's lead single.
“So thankful for all the support on #DOIT it means everything us!!! Ya’ll like it? Keep watching, streaming x dancing,” the pair tweeted on Friday (May 15). “We’re sooo looking forward to sharing the album with you.”
sooooo thankful for all the support on #DOIT it means everything us!!! y’all like it? keep watching, streaming x dancing. we’re sooo looking forward to sharing the album with you. much much love 🖤🖤💍💍 https://t.co/vPaeglZ5uE pic.twitter.com/TfV8WV2lvl
— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) May 15, 2020
In honor of “Do It,” Balmain will host an Instagram Live event on Sunday (May 17), featuring a 30-minute set from Chloe x Hall.
Watch the “Do It” music video below.