Video Vault: 10 Classic ’90s Brooklyn Rap Group Videos

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Brooklyn is enjoying a moment right now, with the rapid rise of Bobby Shmurda and the recent success of artists like Troy Ave and Joey Bada$$, but it’s always been home to great solo rappers. From Big Daddy Kane to The Notorious B.I.G. to Jay Z to Fabolous, the borough knows how to crank out star MCs, there’s no doubt about it. And it’s also the home to many legendary rap groups. So for our latest Video Vault, we collected 10 Classic ‘90s Brooklyn Rap Group Music Videos for you to enjoy. Included on the list are early Gang Starr and M.O.P. clips, a hat trick of Boot Camp Click visuals, certified dopeness from the Rawkus Records catalog courtesy of Company Flow and Black Star, and much more. Tie up your Timberlands for this one. It’s time to stomp through the back blocks of BK.

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Video: ?uestlove Explains “Little Brother” Beat

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

?uestlove explains the importance of the web exclusive from last night’s Black Star appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show. Basically describing what J Dilla had to go through to chop the beat, ?uest passing out on his couch and waking up and hearing it.

I remember reading what he wrote on FWMJ’s site but that story is extinct now. However it might still exist on the Okayplayer boards.

Video: Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) – You Already Knew + Little Brother (Live On Jimmy Fallon)

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Mos Def and Talib Kweli aka Black Star perform on Jimmy Fallon with some help from The Roots. Above is their performance of ‘You Already Knew’ and check below for ‘Little Brother’.

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Video: Common Decodes “The Believer” & “Respiration”

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Common deciphers his classic verse from Black Star’s “Respiration” and does the same for “The Believer” (with John Legend) after the jump.

Props to Life + Times

Previously: Common – Celebrate (Video)

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Black Star – You Already Knew

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Black Star is working on a mix cd tribute to Aretha Franklin, entitled Black Star Aretha. Here is the first offering from the project.

Download: Link

Produced by OhNo.

Previously: Black Star – Fix Up (Prod. by Madlib)

Black Star – Fix Up (Prod. by Madlib)

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Mos Def and Talib Kweli decide to release their new single ‘Fix Up’ on Black Friday. We have seen them perform this record live but its good to finally get the CDQ version.

Cop the single on iTunes.

Previously: Black Star – Live @ The Kool Haus In Toronto (Video)

Video: Black Star – Live @ The Kool Haus In Toronto

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) performed at The Kool Haus in Toronto last night and here is video of them performing ‘Fix Up’ and ‘Astronomy’.

Props: Walder

Previously: Black Star – Fix Up (Live on The Colbert Report)

Video: Black Star – Fix Up (Live on The Colbert Report)

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Talib and Yasiin Bey appeared on the show tonight for a brief sit-down and to perform a new track (different from this one,) backed by J Rocc. This new album might actually be happening.

Performance after the jump. Props to 3030.

Previously: Black Star (Talib Kweli x Mos Def) – Untitled Snippet (Prod. by Madlib)

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Video: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah + Slaughterhouse + Black Star – Live @ Rock The Bells NYC 2011

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Here are some performances from Rock The Bells NYC courtesy of JonJohnTV. Above is Raekwon and Ghostface and below are videos of Slaughterhouse and Black Star.

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Black Star (Talib Kweli x Mos Def) – Untitled Snippet (Prod. by Madlib)

Monday, August 8th, 2011

A 2 min snippet that Mos released on his Facebook page. Hopefully a reunion is in the works.