Rolling Stone - 10/29/98, p.773 Stars (out of 5)
- "...not only an eagerly awaited rap album but also a desperately needed one....Black Star are socially conscious and lyrically sound--with their hearts close to the underground."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/23/98, p.80
"...Mixing rugged street beats and rhymes brainy enough for boho B-boys (they cite literary references and quote Nina Simone) makes this Black Star shine bright." - Rating: A-
The Wire - 1/99, p.27
Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year "
CMJ - 1/11/99, pp.5-6
"...Mos Def and Talib Kweli truly are 'the best alliance in hip-hop,' with Mos's stylized, grainy delivery serving as yang to the smart, spoken words of Kweli's yin..."
The Source - 11/98, p.1983.5 Mics (out of 5)
- "...With a delicate balance of Black Nationalism, well-chosen interludes and lyrics to go, high-pitched metaphor specialist Kweli and straight-up showman Mos prove that they're more than just 'lyrically handsome'..."
Black Star: Mos Def, Talib Kweli (rap vocals).
Additional personnel: Apani, Common, Jane Doe, Vinia Mojica, Weldon Irvine.
Producers: DJ Hi-Tek, Talib Kweli, Mr. Walt, Shawn J. Period, J. Rawls.
Personnel: Mos Def (Fender Rhodes piano); Apani B Fly Emcee (vocals); Weldon Irvine (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Steve Souder; Mr. Walt; Ken "Duro" Ifill; Kieran Walsh; Rick St. Hillaire.
Recording information: Bobalicious Studios, Sherman Oaks, CA; D & D Studios, New York, NY; D&D Studios, New York, NY; Funky Slice Studios, Brooklyn, New York, NY; Funky Slice, Brooklyn, NY; Streeterville Studios, Chicago, IL; Unique Recording Studios, New York, NY; Unique Studios.
Photographers: Jake Septimus; Eddie Otchere-Dhagren; Franck Khalfoun; Tasleem; Marcus Garvey.