Wow… it’s so nice to hear someone actually rap again. Call me old school… whatever. This style is just flat-out better than the unintelligible and profoundly unoriginal rubbish that the music industry is churning out lately. Listen carefully and pay attention all you mumble-rap losers. This is how it’s done. Kudos to the producer for a great guitar riff and head-bobbing beat. I would like to request a 12″ version with a nice long break about two thirds of the way through. That reminds me… why don’t songs have breaks anymore? In the words of Afrika Bambaataa, “The break beat is that part you look for in a record that let’s your God-self just get wild.” The break what started the entire hip hop music genre. Who doesn’t like a good break? Whaddaya say Anderson .Paak?
You’ll notice that there are no iTunes of Spotify links for this one. That’s because this record doesn’t seem to exist in streaming format. So I took my vinyl 12″ single and carefully recorded it. I’ve recently posted a tutorial on how to do this. Please enjoy this beautiful hip-hop classic from 1981! (Both vocal and instrumental versions are included!)
How could there be a new Gang Starr album? Guru died of cancer in 2010. That didn’t stop Tupac from releasing seven albums after his death. At least 125 Elvis albums have been released since he died. Prince left behind a “vault” of so much unreleased music that a new Prince album could be released every year for the next century.
It looks like 2019 is the year that DJ Premier, the surviving member of Gang Starr, decided to do a posthumous release. “One Of The Best Yet” does not disappoint especially amidst the pathetic backdrop of modern mumble rap. Premier brings back the sick samples harvested from untold years of crate digging and fires up the 1200’s for a brilliant cutting and scratching showcase. I hope current-generation rappers and producers are listening because this is how hip-hop is done.
“Hit Man” – Classic Gang Starr sound. One of my favorites on this album.
Here’s the entire album in a YouTube playlist.