Gang Starr’s Daily Operation, was one of the most important albums of 1992. The album was hardcore New York City hip-hop. “Soliloquy Of Chaos” embodies all that we came to known and love about the duo of Guru and DJ Premier. Classic Premier jazz loop and Guru’s monotone delivery fit together perfectly. Ahmad Jamal’s “Misdemeanor” provides the backdrop for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal as he takes notice of the dangers of performing shows in Brooklyn, where shorties but guns and never have to run.
Check out this jazzy , upbeat version of Gangstarr’s “Lovesick” done by Decade’s (an Australian group) DL. Really enjoying this version right now. Adds a completely new feel and twist to the original.
Hard To Earn to this day remains my favorite Gang Starr album. I remember the day I bought it, I remember the day I saw the video for “Mass Appeal” on Video Box. I lost my mind when I first heard Premier’s now infamous loop of 3 short seconds from a Vic Juris track. Guru does what Guru did best vocally and the end result was a classic above all other classic. One of my favorite live hip-hop moments, and I have a ton of them, is seeing Gang Starr live with Freddie Foxx, Big Shug, and M.O.P. When they performed “The Militia” it was wild on stage. Freddie Foxxx drops one of the livest verses in rap music history. As a matter of fact, I might make next week Freddie Foxxx week and put up a joint from him every day. One of hip-hops unsung heroes……
GANG STARR – JAZZ THING
Today marks what would have been Guru, aka Keith Elam’s, 51st birthday. Here is a short list of my favorite Guru/Gang Starr tracks.
GANG STARR – TAKE IT PERSONAL
GANG STARR – MASS APPEAL
GANG STARR – EX TO THE NEXT
GURU – LOUNGIN’ [FEAT DONALD BYRD]
GANG STARR – MILITIA [FEAT FREDDIE FOXXX & BIG SHUG]
GANG STARR – ABOVE THE CLOUDS
GURU – GUIDANCE [FEAT AMEL LARRIEUX]
GANG STARR – NOW YOU’RE MINE
Tomorrow would have marked Guru’s 51st birthday, to get an early start on the festivities here is Tito Lopez’s version of Mass Appeal from The Hunger Games, download here
SPICE 1 – TRIGGA GOTS NO HEART
I got into a twittscussion the other day about the pitfalls of the movie Menace II Society. I’ve sat and chilled on it for a few days and I think I’m going to write something up on it. I feel pretty strongly about the views that were expressed, however, that doesn’t change the fact that the soundtrack was hot, son. From Spice 1’s “Trigga Gots No Heart”, DJ Quik’s House Of Pain diss, “Can’t F*** wit *****”, UGK, Brand Nubian, Guru & The Cutthroats, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, MC Eiht, BDP, and a slew of other artists. So here I’m doing my video of the day tribute to Menace II Society, which I will roast very shortly as well….enjoy…..The movie starred a gang of rappers MC Eiht, Too Short, Saafir (Caine’s cousin Harold), and Pooh-Man. However it’s the exclusion of one particular rapper that made the most noise, Tupac Shakur was originally slated to be in the movie as Sharif, however he was fired, which lead to an butt whooping and charges being filed against Pac. Anyway…here…..we….goooooooo
UGK – POCKET FULL OF STONES (PORT ARTHUR REMIX)
MC EIHT – STREIHT UP MENACE
DJ QUIK – CAN’T F*** WITH A *****
THE CUTTHROATS – STOP LOOKING AT ME [FEAT GURU]
PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH – DEATH BECOMES YOU [FEAT THE Y.G.z]
ANT BANKS – PACKIN’ A GUN
TOO SHORT – ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
Truth Crushed To Earth Shall Rise Again dropped in October of 1996, the same day that Everlast announced he was leaving the group. Unlike previous albums, this one suffered from the lack of production from DJ Muggs, who was definitely responsible for the early H.O.P. sound, if you ask me. No knock on House of Pain. They did wrangle up Guru for this remix of “Fed Up” and featured it on the album……
’92 was one a hell of a year in Hip-Hop. Gang Starr’s third album, Daily Operation, dropped and introduced a couple of emcees named Lil Dap and Jeru The Damaja on track “I’m The Man”. Classic Primo production and each emcee does their own thing respectively…..Jeru dropping the best verse in my opinion.