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Ibtihaj feat. D'Angelo, GZA

Jamla Records
Rapsody by Jose Gongora
Immense smartness and talent demonstrated here by Rapsody — canny enough to get GZA in to spit some 'Liquid Swords' lines (and he's not lost a single iota of his unmistakable presence), and D'Angelo to provide some gorgeous growls and croons, but also confident and assured enough in her own abilities to command the track front and centre. Over sunny, peachy beats, she breaks down a beautifully nostalgic look back on golden age tropes that never seems like retroism for the sake of it; rather, it comes across as a properly warm and glorious tribute to hip-hop history. An utterly irresistible track.