Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let Ambrosia For Heads fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back and listen to all of our favorites, at the click of a button, there is also a ton of great music still being made by artists, young and veteran alike…if you know where to look. To help with that task, we’ve created a playlist with recent music—songs that have been released within the last year or so. We update it regularly, so, if you like what you hear, subscribe to follow us on Spotify.
This week, DJ Premier made several cryptic social media posts suggesting that Gang Starr had new music in the tuck. One video clip, updating Nas’ part of 1994 Hard To Earn interlude “Aiight Chill,” went as far as finding the Illmatic MC asking if Gang Starr really had an album in the works. Nearly 10 years after the death of Guru, Heads get their first official Gang Starr music since 2003’s The Ownerz album. To make things even bigger, the new song, “Family And Loyalty,” features J. Cole.
“Family And Loyalty,” which carries on tradition for Gang Starr’s brand of song titles, begins with a somber string arrangement from Premier. The legendary producer uses his fader and harder drums to give the unexpected moment his signature street pulse, before the crisp Hip-Hop scratches. “Diamonds are forever, like loyalty / Or family, or real Rap songs like ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ or ‘Melody,’” begins Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal. The sentiment of family and loyalty is powerful. Guru and Premier were great friends, roommates, and partners-in-crime outside of the group. More than 30 years ago, the Texas-born producer/DJ joined the fold of an outfit Guru and others started in Massachusetts during the mid-1980s. Gang Starr is forever, which is something the duo told its fans time and again, between No More Mr. Nice Guy and The Ownerz. He shouts out Preemo by name in the posthumously-released verse. Cole follows, speaking on his plans to heal the wayward souls. On his official debut to Premier product, the MC likens himself to “the realest one you ever met.” Bald Head Slick closes out the last verse, reminding all that is eternally one-of-a-kind.
Last year, Premier provided “the 1966 remix” to J. Cole’s “1985 – Intro To ‘The Falloff'” song from KOD, with blessing from the Dreamville head. Cole’s album was eventually named among the best of ’18 by Ambrosia For Heads.
In addition to new music from Gang Starr and J. Cole, the official AFH playlist includes songs from Nas, Little Brother, Skyzoo, Elzhi, Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Rapsody, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Duckwrth, Joyner Lucas, Anderson .Paak & André 3000, Blimes And Gab, Billy Danze, Tobe Nwigwe, Aaron May, 2 Chainz, Ghostface Killah, Casey Veggies, Boogie, Erick Sermon, Eminem, EARTHGANG, Denzel Curry, GoldLink, Lute, Atmosphere, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz, Drake, Omen, AZ, and others. There are other Preemo productions and Cole tracks.
At AFH TV, DJ Premier provided a 20th-anniversary “Making The Music” in-depth interview regarding Gang Starr’s Moment Of Truth. There are other videos related to Preemo and Nas. We are currently offering free 7-day trials.