Black Star & Westside Gunn Join Forces On A Collabo That’s Hot Fire

Today (October 28), Westside Gunn delivers 10, the completion of his cult-lauded #HWH series. The Griselda Records founder’s second LP of 2022 is a star-studded affair that features Run The Jewels, Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, Ghostface Killah in a cast that also includes The Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac (a fellow Buffalo, New York native). Alchemist, Pete Rock, Swizz Beatz, RZA, and Conductor Williams handle production, among others.

One of the standout moments from 10 is “Peppas,” featuring Black Star. Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey released their Madlib-produced No Fear Of Time earlier this year, and now deliver a very rare feature verse from the veteran Brooklyn, New York duo. Both parties have been frequent Madlib collaborators as of late. However, this song is produced by the Conductor, who has become a primary source in the recent evolution of the Griselda sound.

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Yasiin Bey kicks off the song with his signature style. “Core capability, Flacko facility / Fly guy, do or die, Bed-Stuy energy / Semper Fi, B-E-Y / These h*es hilarious, the cardiac serious / Cartier tank top, blow the central bank up / It’s all where your bank’s chucked, nah, baby, it ain’t luck / Days without a way, we prayed, then we made one / See that God graced us with flavors and fountains / X amount of mountains, X amount of X amount, it’s countless / Your wizard is a fraud, what you afraid for? / Saw a lot of thunder, no rainfall / Keynote considered glowin’, get the geometrics, true and living,” he raps. “Peppas” is the name of a heralded Jamaican food restaurant with locations throughout Brooklyn, New York. Gunn has previously said that he names songs after real people, places, and sources of inspiration. Griselsa’s 2019 WWCD single “Dr. Birds” took its name from a Buffalo Jamaican food establishment.

Kweli raps next, weaving in comic book references to match his partner’s. He begins: “The stars of the story got him movin’ different / Goofy ni**as that hate bein’ they change, because they true religion / If it isn’t love, it must be new addition / Flygods, nah, we don’t believe in superstitious / / Superman to man, see through the system with my supervision / Power, the spirit’ll grab it like tabernacle / The voice of the people keep it deeper than an Adam’s apple / Yeah, even more than before / I said what I said ’cause I saw what I saw / It’s unswore, you ain’t the boys, but always callin’ the law.

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WSG finishes with a menacing verse, filled with luxury brand references mixed with callbacks to his come-up. “My sh*t feel like it’s Illmatic again, my favorite fiend went to rehab / Two weeks later, he was back in attic again / He was three dollars short, had to drop him from the Benz wagon again / Trash it, brought another tour / Did ’em for sure, chef lover boy / Everybody know my dean, burnt clean / Fifty sweat pants, got the MAC on a jaw string / My ni**a hit me just to say he got the biggest lock in Orleans / I had the thirty-eight in ’14.

Black Star’s No Fear Of Time is exclusively available at the podcast platform Luminary. It features Black Thought of The Roots. Last year, WSG’s two volumes of #HWH8 were each named among Ambrosia For Heads‘ best albums of the year.

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There are additional selections from 10 and Peace “Fly” God on the Ambrosia For Heads playlist, as well as new music by Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, Rome Streetz, Black Soprano Family, Daringer & Meyhem Lauren, and Alchemist & Roc Marciano.

#BonusBeat: AFH‘s 2019 interview with Griselda: