Finally ready to release a new album after 1998’s Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, Mos Def (who now goes by Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli are back as, you guessed it, Black Star. Backed by The Roots, Black Star performed “You Already Knew” from their Aretha Franklin-inspired mix tape, as well as a song called “Little Brother” (after the jump) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Black Star performed “You Already Knew” with a raw, charged emotion, tapping into some of the issues Watch The Throne attempted to tackle with a sincerity and refinement that Hov and Ye didn’t quite pull off. A formidable hip-hop pairing indeed, we’ve been waiting years for the duo’s next album, and we can barely contain our excitement that it’s almost here!
Elsewhere in late night…
The Late Show With David Letterman: Guided By Voices , “The Unsinkable Fats Domino”
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: will.i.am, “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)”
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Mariachi El Bronx, “Norteno Lights” and “48 Roses”