Listen to Gang Starr’s First Single in 16 Years, “Family and Loyalty” Featuring J. Cole

Update: J. Cole went to Twitter to announce that he was taking a break from doing guest verses.

Maybe he will put that energy into another album?

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Baldhead Slick blazing tracks when the endoes flame.

This was 16 years in the making.

DJ Premier has released the first new Gang Starr song since The Ownerz album in 2003. The song is called “Family and Loyalty” and it features posthumous verses from Guru as well as an appearance from J. Cole.

READ: DJ Premier Announces New Gang Starr Single with J. Cole

In a press release, DJ Premier talked about the importance of the track:

This record means so much to me.  It’s a continuation of what I never wanted to end…It’s a very foreign place for me and very emotional.  I get happy, sad, excited; my feelings are kind of all over the place.  But predominantly, just very happy to be making music with Guru again.

READ: DJ Premier Honors His Gang Starr Partner Guru with Heartfelt IG Post

He also talked about why he recruited J. Cole for the single.

When it comes to this generation of emcees, ones that are lyrically on the level that Guru was on and someone that he would want to work with; Cole is that guy…When Cole heard the record he got the chills and knew it was a classic.

Listen to “Family and Loyalty” below.



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