Even as the line between albums and mixtapes has gotten blurrier in hip-hop’s prolific digital era, this New York City fixture remains a faithful practitioner of the latter format. As always, Kay Slay’s deep and enduring connections in the rap game serve him well on Living Legend, as he collects verses from top-tier spitters and perennial favorites. Who but The Drama King could conjure the trio of Bun B, Jadakiss, and Queen Latifah for the thematically apt title track? Elsewhere, he jumps effectively between unlikely team-ups like Dave East with Juicy J on the rugged “No Permission” and local reunions like “Growing Up in These Streets” with AZ, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon.
Back to the Bars, Pt. 2 (feat. Sheek Louch, Styles P, Sauce Money, Nino Man, Vado, Rj Payne & Jon Connor)
Living Legend (feat. Jadakiss, Queen Latifah & Bun B)
No Permission (feat. Juicy J, A$AP Ferg & Dave East)
Give Me My Flowers Now (feat. Papoose, Joell Ortiz & Sammi J)
Growing Up In These Streets (feat. Raekwon, AZ & Ghostface Killah)
Dope Boyz (feat. DJ Paul, Uncle Murda, French Montana, Gangsta Boo & Project Pat)
It's a Brand New Day (feat. Jon Connor, Big Krit, Reek Da Villian, & Tre Williams)