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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|
|Songwriter(s)||Lonnie Lynn, Tony Cottrell, Talib Kweli, Dante Smith,|
|Black Star singles chronology|
|Common singles chronology|
"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.
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
- "Respiration (Album Version Radio Edit)"
- "Respiration (Album Version Instrumental)"
- "Respiration (Flying High Radio Mix)"
- "Respiration (Flying High Main Mix)"
- "Respiration (Flying High Instrumental)"
- "Mos Def - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-10-20.