“Re: Definition”: How Melody Made 'Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star' Timeless

This is the story of 'Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star,' 20 years later.
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Classic and timeless are not as synonymous as they used to be, with music and culture now moving at light speeds. Trends are born and die in the same hour, leaving so much quality and influential music sounding dated before it has to a chance to impress upon us a fine and aged appeal. Of course, trends come back around, and visionary artists can possess the foresight to make timeless music, but by and large, we cannot gauge the staying power of an album until years after it has comfortably taken root—when we know, we know.

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