DJ Kay Slay Taps Sheek Louch, Maino and Raekwon for “Business Never Personal”
It's the end of January, which means that there's no end in sight for winter in New York. For DJ Kay Slay, that's fine--he was built for the short days and long nights of the chilliest months. The self-proclaimed Drama King has long been a curator of some of the city's grimiest rap; in recent years, his orbit has become something of a time capsule, preserving the feeling of a certain era. It's with that in mind that he assembled his latest track.
"Business Never Personal" fits a Suits-produced beat with verses from Raekwon, Sheek Louch and Maino, making it one of the most definitively New York songs to hit the digital airwaves so far in 2016. If that wasn't enough, the verses are broken up with advice from The Notorious B.I.G., who speaks from beyond the grave about conducting yourself in safe, sustainable ways and fending off the vultures.
The song is slated to appear on 50 Shades of Slay, the mixtape that the revered DJ is expected to drop some time in February. His highest-profile releases were the two installments of his Streetsweeper album series, released through Columbia in 2003 and 2004. Those were star-studded affairs; each of the rappers who appears here made at least one appearance across the two LPs, alongside the likes of 50 Cent, Ghostface Killah, N.O.R.E., Eminem, Mobb Deep and others. There's no word yet on production details or feature listings for 50 Shades, but stay tuned to XXL for more as it becomes available.
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