Benny The Butcher‘s Tana Talk 4 is one of the most anticipated rap releases of 2022, but the wait for it will soon be over — according to DJ Premier, anyway.
The legendary producer let the release date loose on social media on Monday (January 31), claiming the project is slated to arrive on February 11.
“TT4 (2/11) @BennyBsf Got Me A Preview Listen…,” Premo tweeted while sharing a clip of him pulling up to Benny’s studio to get an early listen of his forthcoming album.
The Gang Starr general shared a snippet of an unreleased track and tagged fellow beat kings Daringer and The Alchemist, who are handling production duties.
DJ Premier has previously contributed to Westside Gunn’s Pray For Paris and Conway The Machine’s From King to a God, but it’s unclear if his signature boom bap sound or expert scratches will appear on Tana Talk 4.
Benny The Butcher has yet to confirm the release date himself, although he did document Premo’s visit on his Instagram page. He also teased a return to Power 106’s L.A. Leakers, a freestyle spot rappers usually swing by while promoting a new project.
Benny The Butcher kickstarted the Tana Talk 4 rollout last week when he released the first single, “Johnny P’s Caddy,” featuring J. Cole. The Alchemist-produced track found the pair celebrating their respective rags-to-riches journeys, with Cole crowning himself the “best rapper alive.”
“Eureka, Einstein on the brink of the theory of relativity/Really, no MC equal, feel me?/Cole pen be lethal, crib like an old MTV show/On God, the best rapper alive,” the Dreamville founder declared.
While further details and guest features have yet to be revealed, Benny has set the bar high for Tana Talk 4, which will mark his first release on Def Jam.
“Album of the year. Who wanna bet me right now?” he declared in a recent Instagram video. “Album of the year for consideration before it came out, before you heard one single. I got 10 bands to anybody’s five, I got 20 bands to anybody’s 10. Who wanna take that bet?”