“Respiration” is the second single from Black Star’s eponymously titled 1998 album. 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.