Who would have thought that we would hear another album from Gang Starr in 2019? It’s almost ten years since Guru passed away and, in my opinion, he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves compared to other late rappers. Gang Starr stays one of the best MC-DJ duos in rap history and “Moment of Truth” remains for me one of the best rap albums ever!
The bad episode with Solar can now finally be forgotten, because with “One Of The Best Yet” a new Gang Starr album has indeed been released. I think I wasn’t the only one who got goose bumps when “Family and Loyalty” came out and Guru could finally be heard on a Premo beat again.
Of course, nobody expects any innovations: what you get are the trademark beats from DJ Premier and the unmistakable voice of Guru. Nothing more, nothing less! Additionally, there are features from old companions like Big Shug, Freddie Foxxx, M.O.P. Jeru The Damaja and Group Home as well as further guest contributions from J. Cole, Q-Tip, Royce 5’9″, Talib Kweli, Nitty Scott and Ne-Yo.
The only thing I would have wished for was that Premo really puts the best beats aside for this project. Nevertheless, a trip down memory lane was rarely as beautiful as here.