If there is one album I've been absolutely fiending to get my hands on for no less than four years now is NYGz fully produced DJ Premier album on Year Round Records. It's quite amazing that "Hustlaz Union: Local NYGz" (which was originally announced as "Pros & Cons" and given a release date of summer 2008) still hasn't even been given a proper release date; it's not long now until it's getting "Detox" status. Whenever it do drop, I will pick it up in an instance; the duo of Shabeeno and Panchi proved to be extremely capable emcees on their 2007 release "Get Used to Us" which hit stores five years after their first 12" single on YRR, "Giantz ta This / Strength". To me they are reminiscent of more calmed out M.O.P. in a way, real New York hardcore rap at it's finest; I only hope that Preemo don't end up waiting too long with releasing this full-length which could result in much of the hype going to waste.
Every song that has been released so far is absolutely fantastic, the singles "Policy" and "Ready" stands among some of the best recent DJ Premier productions I've heard in years. Another impressive track that I've had the benefit of hearing via Live From HQ is a snippet of a funky story titled "Give it to Ya Raw". Guest features on the album will include Lil' Fame, Ice Cube, Young Maylay, G. Dep, K-Rino as well as label mate Khaleel and NYGz affilliate Rave Roulette. Production will be exclusively handled by DJ Premier, making it the first 100% Preem laced LP since 2003's "The Owner" although he of course produced 13 out of 15 songs on Blaq Poet's ultra-banging "Tha Blaqprint".
One song that will not be featured on "Hustlaz Union..." is this track presented below called "Last Night", a freestylish track sampling the breakbeat classic "Last Night Changed it All (I Really Had A Ball)" from Esther Williams 1976 album "Let Me Show You". The New York Giantz song was premiered by DJ Premier a couple of weeks ago on Live From HQ but now a full/CD quality version has been uploaded to SoundCloud for streaming. I'm feeling this joint alot, and although countless artists has sampled the original (including De La Soul, Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemey and Prince Paul to name a few) the one this take really reminds me of is the K-Def produced Ghostface joint by the same name. I'm throwing in that as well for good measure and maybe y'all can drop a comment letting me know which version you prefer.
NYGz - "LAST NIGHT" [prod. by DJ Premier]
GHOSTFACE - "LAST NIGHT" [prod. by K-Def] [*]