Since debuting in 2008, the duo of Al-J & Yusuf Abdul-Mateen have used their positivity and passion to craft some of the more poignant Hip-Hop to come out of the New England area. And that’s especially apparent on “Long Way To Go”, a cutting song that features a sharp guest verse from living rap legend, The Gift Of Gab (of Blackalicious). He & Blak Madeen recognize that with each step we take forward as a society to get better, we’re still not there just yet.
Their message is anchored by a contemplative, piano-laden instrumental supplied by The Arcitype, who captures the emotion heard within the verses and chorus. The latter is supplied by rising singer-songwriter Cyrus DeShield, a gifted vocalist who we’ll surely be hearing more from in 2016.
‘Supreme Aftermath‘ is due out January 15th, via Rhyme Dawah, and includes guest features from Blacastan, G. Dot & Born, Shabazz The Disciple, Krumbsnatcha, DJ Slipwax, and more, and boasts production by Sicknature (of Snowgoons), Divine Styler, Teddy Roxpin, & Skin Ced.
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