L.A. fans waiting to see Mos Def and Talib Kweli unite onstage as seminal hip-hop duo Black Star will have to settle for setting their DVRs to Wednesday's "Colbert Report." The group also announced that it was canceling a string of dates on its U.S. tour, including stops in New York and the Los Angeles area.
Strangely enough, Black Star will still be performing a (gasp) new track called "Fix Up" on the Comedy Central show.
In all, seven dates have been canceled, including shows in Las Vegas, Anaheim, Charlotte, N.C., Cincinnati and Indianapolis. No details on why were readily available.
Since late August, the rappers have been bestowing hip-hop heads nationwide with a show based on their sole full-length, "Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star," released in 1998 as part of the Rock the Bells Presents Club Tour at House of Blues venues nationwide. They also have performed the album at the Rock the Bells Festival Series shows in San Francisco and New York, as well as an abbreviated version in Los Angeles.
Pop & Hiss will report more details on the cancelations as they become available.
-- Nate Jackson
Photo composite Mos Def, left. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times. Talib Kweli, right.