- 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".
- Record Label: Universal
- Genre(s): Rap
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Nov 5, 2019The 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.
Nov 8, 2019Gang 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.
Nov 5, 2019Ne-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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