Aug. 2, 2012 06:20
In the late ’90s, Mos Def (now Yassin Bey) and Talib Kweli came together to form Black Star, a project that would launch both into hip-hop stardom. It’s a testament to how a strong collaboration can transcend the mainstream, much like The Black and Voodoo Star hooking up for a strain of the same name. The b-boys at The Healing Canna in Colorado Springs definitely weren’t freestyling their version of Black Star, with a meticulous trim and ripe, round trichomes looking more like a carefully composed verse. Voluminous, round nuggets look like they’d be at home on any rapper’s chain, only if they had spilled purple drank all over it. The nose, however, is definitely more R&B: sweet after the nugs are broken up a little. For a 50-50 hybrid, the strain felt heavy for most, leaving us much more inclined to work on a graff piece than a rap battle. If you’re looking for a good “chill,” Black Star is particularly effective for long-lasting relief of muscle spasms and nausea. Overall, there’s no need for a remix: The Healing Canna killed it in one take.