Dealing with posthumous albums from a legendary artist is a shaky subject most times because you really don’t know the motives behind the person / group who is distributing the product. Judging by what history tells us, the majority of the time it’s simply to make a quick buck, which is a little unsettling considering that this could potentially tarnish said artist’s legacy. While I don’t exactly know what the motives were behind L’s second posthumous album, Return of the Devil’s Son, I do know that I was very upset to find out that at least 95% of that “album” which claimed to have unreleased and / or unheard material was quite the polar opposite; instead, they covered this up by “cleverly” renaming some of the songs.
So I’m sure you could imagine my hesitations when I heard L’s brother, Donald Phinazee was putting out yet another album titled Danger Zone. I did a little research and downloaded a copy before I let my fingers do the shopping and I’m glad I did. While most of the material really can’t be considered “unreleased” per say, I can say that they did a pretty good job at restoring them. Some of these joints I’ve had a chance to hear, although in really shitty sound quality. It’s definitely recommended if you’re an L fan or a 90s purist, and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon with a May 31st release date. Here are two songs from the LP: Work pt. 2 is obviously a Gang Starr song with a Big L verse, and the 8 Iz Enuff (Demo Version) was previously available on Herb McGruff’s The Demo EP if you had eighty-five fucking dollars to spend on it. Fuck outta here! The demo version featured a different Buckwild beat with the same line up of MCs: Terra, Herb McGruff, Buddha Bless, Big Twan, Killa Kam, Trooper J, & Mike Boogie.
DOWNLOAD: Gang Starr – Work pt. 2 f. Big L