NY producer Kidd Called Quest has teamed up with lyricist Verse Essential to form the duo Young,Black and Gifted. The duo is currently preparing their full length collabo titled No Invitation Needed and the first single of said project is the reflective ‘Jamaica Queens State Of Mind‘. Built on a recognizable sample but fleshed out in a fashion true to Kidd called quest, we have Verse Essential detailing stories from his ‘hood-may sound too familiar but he effortlessly captures the grittiness and gloom with his delivery and lyrics of course. A very solid single I must add.
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As you see by the title, you unintentionally think of Nas’s ” NY State Of Mind” , but upcoming mc Verse Essential comes with his own tales about his neighborhood on this finger snapping Kidd Called Quest production . Using a familiar reggae sample this isn’t a remake of Nas’s joint but a whole new banger and stands on its own. A great lead single to Verse & Quest’s upcoming ” No Invitation Needed” album..