Gang Starr is back. After 16 years of silence, the revered duo of Guru and DJ
Premier has put out a surprise new single, "Family and Loyalty." The song
features posthumous verses from Guru, who passed away in 2010, DJ Premier's
trademark string chops and light touch, and an acrobatic verse from J. Cole.
During their heyday in the '90s, Gang Starr was one of the most popular and
acclaimed East Coast hip-hop acts. Initially, the group was Boston-born Guru
and DJ 1, 2 B Down, plus a string of helpers, an iteration which only lasted
through a few early demos . Following a move south to New York, Guru linked
with DJ Premier, where his heady, straight-faced rapping and Premier's
jazz-indebted scratches and production (initially serrated, minimal; later
luxurious and orchestral) created a world-conquering pairing that would
become a high-water mark in the pantheon of NYC rap. YouTube "This record
means so much to me," Premier says in a statement on the surprise release.
"It's a continuation