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  • Summary: The first full-length release from the rap group in 16 years features vocals from Guru, who died in 2010 and guest appearances from Big Shug, J. Cole, Freddie Foxxx, Group Home, Jeru The Damaja, Talib Kweli, M.O.P., Ne-Yo, Nitty Scott, Q-Tip, and Royce Da 5'9".
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  1. Nov 5, 2019
    90
    The album is a gem. Preemo lovingly wraps brand new Guru verses (new even to him) with his trademark production, earmarked with his iconic scratch choruses, without missing a beat.
  2. Nov 15, 2019
    84
    One Of The Best Yet makes a strong case that its chain and star logo is Hip Hop traditionalism’s version of the Union Jack flag to salute where credit is due to one of rap’s greatest MCs and duos yet.
  3. Nov 5, 2019
    80
    One of the Best Yet does exactly what long-term fans might expect a Gang Starr album to do. As a full stop to their career, it works perfectly. In the pantheon of posthumous albums, it lives up to its name.
  4. Nov 5, 2019
    70
    The results are, naturally, mostly great. There perhaps isn’t enough of the rapper as one would want – many of the songs are short, the album loaded with guests – but there are moments where it feels like one of the most beloved rap groups in history are picking up right where they left off.
  5. 67
    Gang Starr’s first album in 16 years affords us an opportunity to luxuriate in the thousand-watt magnetism of Guru, who even at his shabbiest is contagiously zen. Every so often he flubs a line or falls off the beat, but Guru is never not in complete control of his instrument. ... Brace yourself for tonal whiplash; Premier is a tease of the worst kind.
  6. Nov 11, 2019
    63
    Through all of this chaotic history, DJ Premier is trying to patch together an album that will pass the smell-test, and he does a decent job. Anyone who held out this long for a Gang Starr album will likely be pleased with the results.
  7. Ne-Yo‘s overly polished vocals not sit well and Preemo’s production sounds uncharacteristically remedial. Sometimes, too, Guru’s absence is a little too noticeable. ... But these hiccups aren’t enough to derail the album’s quest to remind fans why the duo’s name is mentioned amongst the hip-hop greats.

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