Here’s an update for the Blackstar fans out there. Kweli spoke to Hip Hop DX about the upcoming Aretha Franklin project and how he first came to meet Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def.
“We are just in the process of recording over beats we like,” he noted. “We were recently inspired by listening to some Aretha Franklin music, to do an Aretha Franklin project. Whether it’s a mixtape or album, I’m not sure. At this point, we’ve recorded three songs on it, songs based on her samples or inspired by her. These projects don’t have a home. We’re both independent at this point.”
Kweli on meeting Yasiin:
“I met Mos Def as a fan,” he explained when asked about their group chemistry and their mutual respect. “When I first met him, I was a fan of Urban Thermo Dynamics, the group he was in. So, I always had respect for his craft. But, we didn’t meet because of that. We met because we had children the same age. Our children’s mothers became friendly and we just started hanging out family-wise, you know? That’s how we met and then became like brothers so the music came out of that.”
When I hear more about the Aretha Franklin album (or mixtape) y’all will hear from me.