Gang Starr made a triumphant return to the ears of the masses by way of their new album, One Of The Best Yet, marking the first time the group has released a project in some time. Using unearthed vocals from the late Keith “Guru” Elam, DJ Premier’s booming production and features from some of the game’s elite.
The last time Gang Starr dropped an album was in 2003 with The Ownerz, leading to an unfortunate split between the longtime friends that some attribute to the artist MC Solar. A stellar New York Times article from Paul Cantor details the making of One Of The Best Yet and how it nearly didn’t happen.
After a long and drawn-out legal fight between the Elam family, Premier, and Solar, Guru’s old verses were liberated and handed over with Preemo applying his guiding hand and delivering the duo’s seventh album, 16 years after their last and nine years after Guru’s passing.
At 16 tracks, the production is naturally on point and it’s refreshing to hear Guru’s monotone flow over classic boom-bap. Features are well-placed too with Q-Tip, M.O.P., Royce Da 5’9, Group Home, Jeru The Damaja, J. Cole, and the return of the “Militia” posse cut with Big Shug and Bumpy Knuckles on the standout track, “Take Flight.”
The reaction on Twitter to Gang Starr’s One Of The Best Yet has been positive as one can expect and we’ve captured those reactions below along with streams of the record for your listening pleasure.
Guru, Rest In Peace! Real G-A-N-G heads know what that means.
GANG STARR DAY!!!— Ian Schwartzman (@Ian_Schwartzman) November 1, 2019
.@gangstarr has got to be the sure shot -and it’s like that.— •UPNORTHTRIPS• (@evboogie) November 1, 2019
that’s the shit.
That Gang Starr is cool. Gotta sit with it some more. I blame “super producer” solar for some of these Guru vocals. Royce, Kweli and Foxxx did their thing. Preemo came correct for the most part.— St. N!ck유™ (@buhloone) November 1, 2019
yeah, yeah, yeah... rent is due....— Sagittarian Mind™ (@SagittarianMind) November 1, 2019
But that new gang Starr is out... happy November, everyone!
New Gangstarr!!— 14KT (@14KT) November 1, 2019
Holy shit jeru the damaja is on the new gangstarr album!!! They stopped speaking in 96, this is crazy— Balibz (@Balibz) November 1, 2019
Thank You @REALDJPREMIER for inviting me back to the table for MILITIA PART 4 “Take Flight.” Very bitter/sweet moment to hear Gurizzy’s voice in 2019/2020 I think every person that has ever been a true Gangstarr Fan… https://t.co/SIuV8nPxeC— Freddie Foxxx (@BumpyKnuckles) October 31, 2019
Yes!! @gangstarr did it again! Thank you Big Bro @REALDJPREMIER...we miss you #Guru! Gettin the chills listening to this. “One Of The Best Yet” is OUT NOW! Go support! #Gangstarr #OOTBY #DjPremier #GuruForever #GangstarrForever pic.twitter.com/9p8broepyP— rhettmatic (@rhettmatic) November 1, 2019