Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Blackstar and Under Pressure gets Honoured in Montreal

Rappers Mos Def, left, and Talib Kweli of Black Star pose at a NBA Pre-Draft Party back in 2006 in New York City. They’ll bring their new song, Fix Up, among others to the Olympia on Sunday.
Photograph by: MAT SZWAJKOS GETTY IMAGES FOR PRADA LINEA ROSSA FILE, The Gazette

Black Star. Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, the 1998 collaboration between two of hip hop’s most inspired, if erratic, MCs, was one of the finest rap albums of the ’90s, a gem that produced unforgettable singles such as Definition and Respiration. While Kweli has remained a marquee name among aficionados and Mos Def has added acting (including a stint on the current season of Showtimes’s Dexter) to his eclectic musical career, neither has reached the creative heights of that first album. With a new Black Star song, Fix Up, having leaked recently, and reports of another Black Star album to drop in 2012, now would be a propitious time to check out the duo’s first Montreal performance (and Mos Def’s first time here, too), Sunday night at the Olympia, 1004 Ste. Catherine St. E. Tickets are $74.05 and are available via Admission at admission.com or 514-790-1245. At the show, promoter Rickey D. will also be handing out his “hip hop lifetime achievement awards” to fellow promoter Garry T., Under Pressure’s Sterling Downey and, posthumously, to Bad News Brown (Paul Frappier), the revered local musician who was killed in February of this year. (Basem Boshra)