History Music / GangStarr

17th May '16 1:31:48 PM PhysicalStamina
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Along with a new single, "Words I Manifest", the duo released their debut album ''No More Mr. Nice Guy.'' The next year, a former DJ, Duff Marlowe, signed them to Creator/ChrysalisRecords. The rest, as they say, is history.

Around the time they made "I'm the Man" from ''Daily Operation'', they created the Gang Starr Foundation, which isn't a rap group per se, but a group of individual rappers the duo liked and wanted to sign. Its lineup was Jeru the Damaja, Big Shug, Lil Dap, and Melachi the Nutcracker[-[[note]]the latter two would later become a rap duo named Group Home[[/note]]-].

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Along with a new single, "Words I Manifest", the duo released their debut album ''No More Mr. Nice Guy.'' The next year, a former DJ, Duff Marlowe, signed them to Creator/ChrysalisRecords. The rest, as they say, is history.

Around
album (and subsequent albums) [[TropeCodifier popularized]] the time they made "I'm usage of {{jazz}} samples in hip-hop throughout the Man" from early-mid [[TheNineties '90s]], effectively creating what is known as Jazz Rap.

Somewhere between
''Daily Operation'', Operation'' and ''Hard to Earn'', they created the Gang Starr Foundation, which isn't a rap group per se, but a group of individual rappers the duo liked and wanted to sign. Its lineup was Jeru the Damaja, Big Shug, Lil Dap, and Melachi the Nutcracker[-[[note]]the latter two would later become a rap duo named called Group Home[[/note]]-].



* ''Step In The Arena'' - (1991)

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* ''Step In The in the Arena'' - (1991)



* ''Hard To Earn'' - (1994)
* ''Moment Of Truth'' - (1998)

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* ''Hard To Earn'' ''[[NewSoundAlbum Hard]] [[DarkerAndEdgier to Earn]]'' - (1994)
* ''Moment Of Truth'' ''[[NewSoundAlbum Moment of Truth]]'' - (1998)



* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Mass Appeal: The Best of Gang Starr]]'' - (2006)

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* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Mass Appeal: The the Best of Gang Starr]]'' - (2006)



* DarkerAndEdgier: The sound of ''Hard to Earn'' in places. See NewSoundAlbum below.



* EtTuBrute: Discussed in "Betrayal". Also touched on briefly in the first verse of "Moment of Truth".

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* EtTuBrute: Discussed in "Betrayal". Also touched on briefly in the first verse of "Moment of Truth". "All 4 tha Cash" is also about this.



* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Words from the Nutcracker", entirely rapped by Melachi the Nutcracker from Group Home.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Words from the Nutcracker", Nutcracker" from ''Hard to Earn'', entirely rapped by Melachi the Nutcracker from Group Home.Home.
* TallPoppySyndrome: These lines in "Moment of Truth" reference the trope:
-->''Always, selfish jealous punks will wanna pull ya''
-->''Down, just like some shellfish in a bucket''



* TitleTrack: "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Step In the Arena", "Daily Operation" (a 20-second AlbumIntroTrack), "Moment of Truth", "Full Clip", and "The Ownerz". "Mass Appeal" retroactively became this on their second compilation album.

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* TitleTrack: "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Step In ''Hard to Earn'' is the Arena", "Daily Operation" (a 20-second AlbumIntroTrack), "Moment of Truth", "Full Clip", and "The Ownerz".only album not to have one. "Mass Appeal" retroactively became this on their second compilation album.
1st Jan '16 6:27:20 AM PhysicalStamina
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* SignatureStyle: DJ Premier's beats are made in such a way that once you hear them, you instantly know it's him doing the production.
10th Aug '15 6:27:49 PM PhysicalStamina
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* IAmYourOpponent: From "So Wassup?!":
--> ''Now you're facin' me, I'm your ultimate challenger''
22nd Jan '15 8:23:55 PM PhysicalStamina
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** From "So Wassup?!"
--> ''You say you're R-E-P-R-E-S-E-N-T-I-N-G?''
--> ''You're frontin', boy, come against me''
15th Dec '14 12:20:32 PM PhysicalStamina
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These days, Premier continues to produce for underground rap artists from all over the world, occasionally goes on tours (globally, even. He's played shows in Paris, Athens, and Osaka.), has a radio show (as mentioned above), and heads an underground label called Year Round Records.

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These days, Premier continues to produce for underground rap artists from all over the world, occasionally goes on tours (globally, even. He's played shows in Paris, UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, Athens, and Osaka.), has a radio show (as mentioned above), above) called ''Live at Headquarterz'', and heads an underground label called Year Round Records.
Records. He has also started a collaboration project with Royce Da 5'9" called [=PRhyme=]. Do not compare them to Gang Starr, as Royce will have you know he does ''not'' intend to replace Guru.



* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Mass Appeal: the Best of Gang Starr]]'' - (2006)

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* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Mass Appeal: the The Best of Gang Starr]]'' - (2006)
16th Nov '14 1:35:18 PM MarkLungo
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Along with a new single, "Words I Manifest", the duo released their debut album ''No More Mr. Nice Guy.'' The next year, a former DJ, Duff Marlowe, signed them to Chrysalis Records, a label based in London. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Along with a new single, "Words I Manifest", the duo released their debut album ''No More Mr. Nice Guy.'' The next year, a former DJ, Duff Marlowe, signed them to Chrysalis Records, a label based in London.Creator/ChrysalisRecords. The rest, as they say, is history.
7th Nov '14 8:44:04 AM PhysicalStamina
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* NewSoundAlbum: Premier said in an interview that he wanted ''Hard to Earn'' to sound less musical than the previous three albums so's to avoid Gang Starr being pigeonholed as a "Jazz Rap" duo, which is why some beats sound more atonal and dissonant. ''Moment of Truth'' also counts since it was made after Premo developed his SignatureStyle.

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* NewSoundAlbum: Premier said in an interview that he wanted ''Hard to Earn'' to sound less musical than the previous three albums so's to avoid Gang Starr being pigeonholed as a "Jazz Rap" duo, which is why duo. As a result, some of the beats sound more atonal and dissonant. ''Moment of Truth'' also counts since it was made after Premo developed his SignatureStyle.



** "Brainstorm" has Guru singing part of the ''Community Audition'' theme song, albeit a ''very'' slightly altered version.

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** "Brainstorm" has Guru singing part of the ''Community Audition'' theme song, albeit a ''very'' slightly altered version.



** "Mostly tha Voice" is another example (from the same album, no less):

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** "Mostly tha Voice" from the same album is another example (from the same album, no less):example:



* StepUpToTheMic: "Words from the Nutcracker", entirely rapped by Melachi the Nutcracker from Group Home.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "Same Team No Games" consists of two musical notes, drums, scratches, and pure lyricism from Guru and guest rappers NYG'z. "Brainstorm" is even ''more'' minimal, featuring only drums, some blips and sirens in the background, and Guru's vocals.

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* StepUpToTheMic: StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Words from the Nutcracker", entirely rapped by Melachi the Nutcracker from Group Home.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "Same Team No Games" consists only of two musical notes, drums, a drum beat, scratches, and pure lyricism from Guru and guest rappers NYG'z. "Brainstorm" is even ''more'' minimal, featuring only drums, some blips and sirens in the background, and Guru's vocals.
25th Oct '14 6:41:53 PM PhysicalStamina
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* NewSoundAlbum: Premier said in an interview that he wanted ''Hard to Earn'' to sound less musical than the previous three albums, which is why some beats sound more atonal and dissonant. ''Moment of Truth'' also counts since it was made after Premo developed his SignatureStyle.

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* NewSoundAlbum: Premier said in an interview that he wanted ''Hard to Earn'' to sound less musical than the previous three albums, albums so's to avoid Gang Starr being pigeonholed as a "Jazz Rap" duo, which is why some beats sound more atonal and dissonant. ''Moment of Truth'' also counts since it was made after Premo developed his SignatureStyle.



* ProductionThrowback: The third verse of "Moment of Truth" takes some of its lyrics from the unreleased song "I'm Not Superman" and slightly alters them.

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* ProductionThrowback: The third verse of "Moment of Truth" takes some of its lyrics from the an unreleased song called "I'm Not Superman" and slightly alters them.


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** "Brainstorm" has Guru singing part of the ''Community Audition'' theme song, albeit a ''very'' slightly altered version.


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* SpellingSong: "The Planet", which has this as the chorus:
-->''I'm gonna make it god dammit''
-->''Out in B-R-double-O-K-Lyn, The Planet''
** "Mostly tha Voice" is another example (from the same album, no less):
-->''My religion is rap''
-->''R-A-P''
-->''R-E-A-L-I-T-Y, G''


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* WordPureeTitle: "DWYCK", which comes from an inside joke.
23rd Oct '14 11:44:15 AM PhysicalStamina
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* StepUpToTheMic: "Words from the Nutcracker", entirely rapped by Melachi the Nutcracker from Group Home.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "Same Team No Games" consists of two musical notes, drums, scratches, and pure lyricism from Guru and guest rappers NYG'z. "Brainstorm" is even ''more'' minimal, featuring only drums, some blips and sirens in the background, and Guru's vocals.
1st Oct '14 8:18:41 PM PhysicalStamina
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* BoastfulRap: A few.

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* BoastfulRap: A "I'm the Man," "You Know My Steez", and "Mass Appeal", just to name a few.



* NewSoundAlbum: Premier said in an interview that he wanted ''Hard to Earn'' to sound less musical than the previous three albums. ''Moment of Truth'' also counts since it was made after Premo developed his SignatureStyle.

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* NewSoundAlbum: Premier said in an interview that he wanted ''Hard to Earn'' to sound less musical than the previous three albums.albums, which is why some beats sound more atonal and dissonant. ''Moment of Truth'' also counts since it was made after Premo developed his SignatureStyle.



* PreAssKickingOneLiner:

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* PreAssKickingOneLiner:PreAssKickingOneLiner: From "Now You're Mine".
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