Gang Starr’s Final Studio Album ‘The Ownerz’ Turns 15 | An Anniversary Retrospective
‘The Ownerz’ was definitely what Gang Starr loyalists had grown to expect, as the album emerged as one of the top five hip-hop albums of 2003. Gang Starr Happy 15th Anniversary to Gang Starr’s final studio album The Ownerz, originally released June 24 final Gang Starr LP, the men of respect returned with what appeared to be a heightened confidence of Gang Starr’s prestigious catalog, Guru arranged the third and most soulful installment of his ” served as the musical thesis Gang Starr fans had spent years trying to explain to the masses of moderate ” - Guru from Gang Starr’s “Skills” Debuting near the musical apex of hip-hop’s golden age, the super Gang Starr’s Final Studio Album ‘The Ownerz’ Turns 15 | An Anniversary Retrospective
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Gang Starr’s ‘Moment of Truth’
, were now spending millions on ad campaigns that featured rap artists. Gang Starr had always brought a TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Gang Starr’s ‘Moment of Truth’ world of hip-hop in 1998, and Gang Starr were still the torch bearers for “real” hip-hop. Keith Edward somewhat of a “comeback” for Gang Starr, since it was their first album since Hard to Earn (1994 Gang Starr environment, Gang Starr released Moment of Truth, their fifth album. It’s an album that’s as good as any Happy 20th Anniversary to Gang Starr’s fifth studio album Moment of Truth, originally released As a counterpoint to mainstream hip-hop music sporting a glossier sheen in 1998, Gang Starr thrived
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Gang Starr’s ‘Daily Operation’
the Arena (1991) dispelled the musical myth of a sophomore jinx, and solidified Gang Starr as a Like the rest of their prolific catalog, Gang Starr’s third studio album raised the bar artistically upon its release in the spring of 1992. Gang Starr Happy 25th Anniversary to Gang Starr’s Daily Operation, originally released May 5, 1992. If Step in , Gang Starr held to their successful formula, like the Utah Jazz perfected the pick and roll in the the Gang Starr Foundation. Lil Dap would eventually pair with Melachi the Nutcracker to form Group rehearse.” Leading the charge of their third testament of brilliance, Gang Starr showed that the TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Gang Starr’s ‘Daily Operation’
Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1’ Turns 25 | An Anniversary Retrospective
album’s third single, “Le Bien, Le Mal,” which is the closest thing to a traditional Gang Starr track on ,” the theme song for Spike Lee’s Mo’ Betta Blues. So Jazzmatazz, the first solo album by Gang Starr’s Guru a cast of jazz heavyweights to cut loose and show their love. Given Gang Starr’s connection and his Gang Starr Given Gang Starr’s connection to jazz and Guru’s own deep love for the music, ‘Jazzmatazz’ made perfect sense as his inaugural solo album. ’ “Nautilus” and “Take Me To the Mardi Gras.” And Gang Starr’s first single “Words I Manifest” sampled skilled producer Easy Moe Bee. And Branford Marsalis played the saxophone on Gang Starr’s “Jazz Thing
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. Two albums, Moment of Truth (1998) and compilation Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr (1999) were Premier. Gang Starr released its first LP No More Mr. Nice Guy on Wild Pitch Records; the group achieved Gang Starr later changed his name to Guru. He founded Gang Starr in 1987. The group initially released three hip-hop duo Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. He was born in Roxbury, Boston. placed him certified gold in the United States by the RIAA. Gang Starr made archetypal East Coast hip hop with
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Gang Starr’s ‘Step In The Arena’
Happy 25th Anniversary to Gang Starr’s sophomore album Step In The Arena, originally released Gang Starr . Admittedly, I was an album late to the game in discovering the brilliance of Gang Starr. But one listen the UK-based Chrysalis, a major label owned by EMI. In an effort to capitalize on Gang Starr’s momentum ‘Step In The Arena’ expanded upon the promise of Gang Starr’s debut LP, establishing Guru & DJ Premier as a hip-hop force to be reckoned with. TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Gang Starr’s ‘Step In The Arena’ the group under the Gang Starr moniker, Guru was introduced by Wild Pitch President Stu Fine to film, the single reinforced Gang Starr’s dedication to hip-hop jazz fusion, a stylistic pairing that
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the legendary Gang Starr’s classic 1990 single “Jazz Thing”—which appeared on the soundtrack to Spike
ALBUM REVIEW: PRhyme's DJ Premier & Royce da 5’9” Solidify Their Creative Chemistry with ‘PRhyme 2’
team up. The collaboration isn’t Gang Starr and it doesn’t try to be. PRhyme is on its way to installment, but it’s still dope on its own merits, and is reminiscent of Gang Starr’s later albums soundscape that defines an entire album. His chemistry with Guru as one half of Gang Starr is the
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seats behind the boards, including Gang Starr’s DJ Premier, A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, Main
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, breakin’ the rules (stop that!).” One of the pillars of the Gang Starr Foundation, Freddie Foxxx the heels of Gang Starr masterpiece Moment of Truth released in March of the same year, 1998’s effort Firing Squad in 1996. They teamed up with the legendary Gang Starr soundsmith DJ Premier for the
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Jeru the Damaja’s ‘Wrath of the Math’
the way to Hard to Earn. Besides providing all of the beats for Gang Starr’s fourth LP, The Sun comprised of Keith “Guru” Elam and Chris “DJ Premier” Martin. Jeru had appeared on Gang Starr’s 1992 already made himself known during the early ’90s as an affiliate of Gang Starr, the legendary duo
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RZA and Gang Starr’s DJ Premier, and no doubt influenced North Carolina’s 9th Wonder and the
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Sushi, it featured cameos from Gang Starr, as well as R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. Some writing and
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“Down the Line” is another of the album’s highlights. The track features both members of Gang Starr, with that Gang Starr used on their 1989 single “Words I Manifest”). The song also features four emcees who
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Beatnuts alongside more widely recognized duos like Gang Starr, Mobb Deep, OutKast, and even EPMD
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Diamond D’s ‘Hatred, Passions and Infidelity’
friend Showbiz, along with Gang Starr’s DJ Premier, for the production duties for fellow South Bronx
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Common’s Debut Album ‘Can I Borrow a Dollar?’
released by a slew of artists from New York City and Los Angeles, including Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Gang Starr, Dr. Dre, Diamond D, Redman, Showbiz & A.G. and Compton’s Most Wanted. And that’s just
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Mary J. Blige’s ‘Share My World’
vocals over the same track that Gang Starr’s DJ Premier laid for Jay Z’s “D’Evils” less than a year
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of The Brand New Heavies’ ‘Heavy Rhyme Experience: Vol. 1’
the late great Guru of Gang Starr. Most would agree that Guru’s monotone delivery and thought
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like a 2018 version of Gang Starr’s “I’m the Man” or “Speak Ya Clout,” the track morphs for each
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