The latest installment of Premonition’s ongoing monthly ”Sum is Greater” collaboration series, “Kingship,” is a damn fine example of musical cooperation.
Let’s get right to it. This is a very solid track. The beat is a dreamy boom-bap affair punctuated with precise Premier-like cuts on the break. Often, a “feature” track among independent artists can end up like that old Sesame Street song, where “One of These Things Is Not Like the Others,” as one artist clearly underwhelms compared to the others, but not here. The MCs are well-balanced, each delivering a sharp, thoughtful, intellectual lyrical treat, each with a distinct voice that combine to compliment the track extremely well.
Premonition avoids two prevalent problem among some underground or independent cats: poor beat selection and questionable feature MC selection. With such a purposefully collaborative project, it will be a sign of a strong understanding of the posse-cut sonic matrix to continue to put together joints like “Kingship”, where all elements come together well. If he can, Premonition will have compiled quite a commanding compilation.
We’ve noted all of those involved with this track in the past [Silent Knight, Premonition, FinaL OutlaW (one of our acclaimed "5 Reasons Why New York Hip Hop Doesn't Suck"), Kon, who produced "Kingship," and DJ M-Tri (on the cuts)], so while we like to spread the coverage love to artists we haven’t gotten to yet, when five cats we’ve previously noticed, all combine on some good issh, we just can’t help it.
Download/Listen: Premonition ft. Silent Knight, FinaL OutlaW, DJ M-Tri – Kingship
Also: The first installment in Premonition’s “Sum Is Greater” Series – Be The Change ft. Warren Britt & SoSoon