It was all good 16 years ago……..Black Star ushered in a new era within the hip-hop era in my opinion. They were not the originators of the conscious Hip-Hop movement by any means but they played central figure heads within this revolution. Do not believe me? How about you go back and really study the albums from Mos and Kweli. Recognize what they were doing, who they were doing it with and what they were saying. This album will always hold a special place in my collection. It sparked the mind of a 21 year old to dig a little deeper into the music, into the social/political issues going on around me, and it changed my opinion on how music can effect the masses. They were the obvious evolution of the Public Enemy message. I really studied this album, unlike any album I had studied before. I could go on, but I have to get to work. So dust off your copy of Black Star and enjoy. Share it with someone who has not heard it. Spread the word.