Respiration (song)

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Single by Black Star featuring Common
from the album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Released February 23, 1999
Format 12-inch single, CD, Vinyl
Genre Conscious hip hop, Underground hip hop
Length 6:05
Label Rawkus Records
Songwriter(s) Lonnie Lynn, Tony Cottrell, Talib Kweli, Dante Smith,
Producer(s) Hi-Tek
Pete Rock
Black Star singles chronology
(1998) Definition1998
(1999) Respiration1999
Common singles chronology
(1999) One-Nine-Nine-Nine1999
(1999) Respiration1999
"Car Horn"
(1999) Car Horn1999

"Respiration" is the second single from Black Star's eponymously titled 1998 album (see 1998 in music). It features guest rapping from Common and guitar playing by DeChown Jenkins. It also features a Hi-Tek produced beat that samples "The Fox" by Don Randi. In addition, the song's introduction samples a monologue from the hip hop documentary Style Wars. It is found on Best of Decade I: 1995-2005, a compilation of Rawkus Records' best songs. It can also be found on Howie B's compilation album Another Late Night: Howie B. The single reached #54 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[1]

Two remixes were made for "Respiration": 'Flying High Mix' contains production by Pete Rock and a verse by Black Thought of The Roots. Another remix found on the Hip Hop Classics Vol. 1 compilation album also features Pete Rock production, but has a guest verse by Common instead of Black Thought.

Single track list[edit]


  1. "Respiration (Album Version Radio Edit)"
  2. "Respiration (Album Version Instrumental)"


  1. "Respiration (Flying High Radio Mix)"
  2. "Respiration (Flying High Main Mix)"
  3. "Respiration (Flying High Instrumental)"


  1. ^ "Mos Def - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 

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