One of the Best Yet

Gang Starr - One of the Best Yet
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Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #516 / 737
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Based on 162 ratings
2019 Ratings: #218
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November 1, 2019 / Release Date
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A fluid, impeccably produced final goodbye to the god Keith Elam, and gracefully give a last curtain to a legacy group on its own terms.

The Guardian

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.


It’s as much a powerful memorial as it is a great album. Fans of the group will rejoice, and for the kids of today who are behind the curve, it’s an excellent introduction to the world of East Coast hip hop.

Rolling Stone

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.

"I love you, man. [If] anything happens to you, I'll make sure your family's good. I'll never let you down. We're Gang Starr forever."

- DJ Premier at Guru's bedside, one month before his death | March 2010.

It's time to go. Sixteen years after their last album, DJ Premier brings Gang Starr and Guru back to life with the album One of The Best Yet. We couldn't believe it when DJ Premier dropped the news: a new album by Gang Starr, 16 years after their last project, "The ... read more
This album is beyond the proper send-off to the late great Guru. "The Sure Shot" immediately shoots off an adrenaline rush of east coast nostalgia, from then on I knew I was in for a treat.
If we're being completely honest. Old school rappers who drop projects post 2010 apart from Jay, ATCQ and de la and off course Weezy are always trash. Legit off the top of my head can't think of any other 90's rappers dropping good projects. I thought this would just be a retirement album just to earn some money. But it was not. Did Guru well fellas.
So, I am an uncultured swine. I had never actually heard of Gang Starr until just before listening to this album. I came out of it feeling like I knew who Gang Starr was and I could feel their legacy. Learning about this group, I believe this is definitely a final send off. I think it was a worthy closer to a discography. It's at its best delivering hard hitting boom bap rap that you can definitely feel. Where it really struggles, at least for me, is some of the songs didn't do much for me at ... read more
Gang Starr’s return is definitely one for the books.
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Track List

  1. The Sure Shot (Intro)
  2. Lights Out (feat. M.O.P.)
  3. Bad Name
  4. Hit Man (feat. Q-Tip)
  5. What's Real (feat. Group Home & Royce da 5'9")
  6. Keith Casim Elam (Interlude)
  7. From a Distance (feat. Jeru the Damaja)
  8. Family and Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)
  9. Get Together (feat. Ne-Yo & Nitty Scott)
  10. NYGz/GS 183rd (Interlude)
  11. So Many Rappers
  12. Business or Art (feat. Talib Kweli)
  13. Bring It Back Here
  14. One of the Best Yet (Big Shug Interlude)
  15. Take Flight (Militia, Pt. 4) [feat. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx]
  16. Bless the Mic
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Added on: October 18, 2019