DJ Premier has a long list of impressive collaborators, and now he’s teamed up with the Black Soprano Family in a new hard-hitting track. It’s the first single off of the crew’s upcoming record Long Live DJ Shay, which is due out September 9. Back in 2020, Benny the Butcher and DJ Drama delivered the first Black Soprano Family, which featured Rick Hyde and Heem.
Hyde and Heem show up on “Times Is Rough” as well. They trade bars with Benny over a swaggering instrumental from Premier, comprising a boom-bap beat and a blaring horn section. The lyrics are front and center, as the rappers discuss their drug-dealing past: “I’m a product of the cocaine 80s, drug war.”