Christmas got here early this 12 months, with DJ Premier sharing a beforehand unreleased Gang Starr monitor titled “Glowing Mic,” that includes a by no means earlier than heard verse from the late MC Guru.
“Glowing Mic” seems as a bonus monitor on Gang Starr’s instrumental launch of the 2019 album One of many Greatest But. The unique model of the file options collaborations with J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, Royce da 5’9”, Massive Shug, Freddie Foxxx, Jeru the Damaja, M.O.P., Nitty Scott, and Group Dwelling.
“There are two variations of a track referred to as ‘Mr. Gang Starr,’ one model was launched proper after Guru handed away. The model I had saved away has completely totally different and unreleased lyrics,” DJ Premier mentioned in a press launch in regards to the monitor. “As I used to be establishing the monitor, I discovered a scratch from Torae ‘I Destroy The Mic for My Glow’ and it was an immediate determination on what to call the monitor ‘Glowing Mic.’”
Talking with Rolling Stone, the duo’s sole remaining member defined that he was going for a “sound that might deliver that conventional fashion that we’re identified for” along with Guru’s pre-recorded hook, which he constructed the track round.
“I’m the embodiment of actual, I paid my dues on this / Mister Gang Starr, a hip-hop phenom / The bomb, these misfits simply don’t belong,” Guru boasts on the monitor.
One of many Greatest But was initially launched in the direction of the tip of 2019, though it had been within the works for for much longer. The primary Gang Starr album to be launched since 2003, DJ Premier started pulling the undertaking collectively in 2017 on his personal.
The tracks included on the album are the product of DJ Premier’s transforming of MC Guru’s unreleased recordings.
“A few of them had two verses, a few of them had a verse, a few of them simply had a hook after which pale,” he advised the New York Times. “I do know what a Gang Starr album that’s executed is meant to sound like. I do know what he would really like.”