Roll and Coasters: Family and Loyalty

R&Cs: Family and Loyalty

I can’t quite describe the delight that takes hold of me whenever I hear a DJ Premier trademark production. I’m talking about the buttery soul sample chops. I’m referring to that unrelenting boom bap. Oh lest I forget those timely scratches! That leads me to Primo’s Gang Starr mate, the dearly departed Guru. With his husky baritone and measured flow, the Boston native always seemed tailor-made for Premier’s beats. So, “Family and Loyalty”, the lead-off single to the duo’s epilogue album, is a welcome bittersweet moment. I can’t quite describe the delight, but I’m always appreciative whenever it takes hold.

Here, I have put together an assortment of emcees to follow this new Gang Starr (and J. Cole-assisted) banger. You will find that the motley crew makes for a decent snapshot of the new breed and growing breadth of hip-hop. I’d like to think that somewhere up there, the Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal is flashing a knowing smile. I’d also like to believe that, while you’re going through this playlist, you would be flashing a similar at some point. I know that I am right now!

The Playlist

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The Tracklist


01. Gang Starr ::: Family and Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)
02. DaBaby ::: VIBEZ
03. Slaine ::: Redemption
04. AJ Tracey ::: Cat Pack
05. euro & Lil Wayne ::: Talk 2 Me Crazy
06. SimxSantana ::: Huntin
07. Stunna 4 Vegas ::: Double D’s
08. Lil Durk ::: Bora Bora
09. XXXTENTACION ::: Royalty (feat. Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don & Vybz Kartel)
10. Mustard ::: Ballin’ (feat. Roddy Ricch)
11. Kekra ::: CLS
12. Fekky ::: Attitude
13. Stalk Ashley ::: Drunk Text
14. Ayanis ::: One Night (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
15. Alex Mali ::: Start It Up
16. Shannon Rivera ::: Jump
17. 070 Shake ::: Fish on Land
18. Kalin White ::: Homebody
19. Mike Posner & Talib Kweli ::: Legacy
20. Apollo Brown ::: The Backbone (feat. Guilty Simpson, Fat Ray & Melanie Rutherford)

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I wrote as kid. (I'd die if you'd ever get your hands on those poems.) And I wrote as a teen. (We thought our raps would spearhead revolution.) I write these days to share my joys and perspectives. I am as subjective as they come. I found a bunch of blessed souls that are just as expressive. And Africa is all the better for it. (I think I never really changed.)
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