Black Star & Madlib Perform ‘No Fear Of Time’ On ‘SNL’ Debut | HipHopDX

Black Star’s Talib Kweli and Yasin Bey was joined by the producer Madlib to support them Saturday night Direct debut with their latest album in focus No fear of time.

The Brooklyn duo performed two tracks from the Madlib-produced album, which came out earlier this year, 24 years after their iconic debut album.

Black Star kicked off their musical guest duties with “So Be It,” with Madlib serving as DJ as Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli delivered a barrage of fast-paced lyrics.

Returns towards the end of SNL episode, they took the stage to perform “The Main Thing Is To Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.” During each performance, Yasiin Bey threw rose petals across the performance space without giving any clarification about the meaning of the flowers.



Prior to their second appearance, hosted by Dave Chappelle referred to Black Star as his brothers. The three have supported each other’s work since the first season Chappelle’s show in 2003.

The following year, Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey joined the lineup Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, who later contribute a new Black Start track to the documentary’s soundtrack. The three have since garnered praise for their sharp cultural criticism and unfiltered political views, a main ingredient in Midnight Miracle podcast they launched last year.

Rumors of a Black Star project produced by Madlib were first confirmed by Yasiin Bey in 2018. Once No Fear Of Time arrived, however, it was not made readily available to fans.

They interested in streaming the long-awaited follow-up to Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star have had to go over to Luminary’s podcast network to enjoy it. The veteran Hip Hop duo have often had a lot to say about DSPs, with Yasiin Bey being particularly critical of Spotify over the years.

“You mean to tell me that the source of labor at the center of this experience is supposed to be satisfied and grateful to receive a fraction of a crown for their efforts and work?” Bey said in a 2019 interview with Uproxx. “Now, whoever else is happy about it, it’s you—you can take your labor to market as you see fit.”

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