“Royalty” was released as the second single from Gang Starr’s Moment of Truth album and features superstar R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo on the chorus. One of DJ Premier’s finest production efforts, everything from the beat and Guru’s flow to K-Ci & JoJo’s sensuous singing and Primo’s cuts are straight flawless and on point.
DJ Premier spoke about the inclusion of K-Ci & JoJo on a Gang Starr track:
Guru said that he wanted someone that had equivalent success as us with singing skills to work on this album. So the label finally connected us through the phone and the first thing K-Ci and JoJo said was like, “We don’t want to do an R&B type beat, or a popular loop, and just have us sing on it. Make a Gang Starr track and have us on it.” So I already thought that was real cool of them, and we connected right away. Most people would’ve just had them sing over some shit and make it work. But I think with this it actually sounds like a Gang Starr track.
Premier displays his signature beat chopping skills to create this track from the intro of Latimore’s 1976 song “Let’s Do It in Slow Motion”: