The Vinyl District: TVD Live Shots: Black Star and Madame Gandhi at Taste of Chicago

By Brigid Gallagher for The Vinyl District

Twenty years ago, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli put out one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, Mos Def And Talib Kweli are Black Star. On Friday, they brought it—along with some of their solo tracks—to the Taste of Chicago.

It made for a truly exceptional evening, especially considering the two rarely perform together under the Black Star moniker. Despite the heat, the crowd danced until they sweat and sang along with the two legendary emcees.

Up-and-comer Madame Gandhi’s opening set was worth the early arrival. She’s a bright and shining young voice in the feminist movement—and a great drummer to boot.



Auditorium (Mos Def song)
Never Been in Love (Talib Kweli song)
Astronomy (8th Light)
Re: Definition
Sex, Love & Money (Mos Def song)
The Blast (Reflection Eternal cover)
Brown Skin Lady
Get By (Talib Kweli song)
Umi Says (Mos Def song)