History Music / GangStarr

17th Jan '17 7:45:19 PM PhysicalStamina
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Gang Starr disbanded in 2003 after their last album ''The Ownerz''. It's reported that the two had a falling out causing him to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leave]] [[RageQuit the duo.]] He continued to release solo albums after this.

In 2010, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Guru died of heart cancer,]] [[DownerEnding eliminating any chance of a reunion.]] DJ Premier did a tribute mix on his radio show in his honor.

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 UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, Athens, and Osaka.), has a radio show (as mentioned above) called ''Live at Headquarterz'', and heads an underground label called Year Round 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.

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Gang Starr disbanded in 2003 after their last album ''The Ownerz''. It's reported said that the two had a falling out out, causing him Guru to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leave]] [[RageQuit leave the duo.]] duo. He continued to release solo albums after this.

In 2010, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Guru died of heart cancer,]] [[DownerEnding eliminating any chance of a reunion.]] shaking the hip-hop community to its foundations. DJ Premier did a tribute mix on his radio show called ''Live at Headquarterz'' in his honor.

These days, Premier Premier, aside from hosting the aforementioned radio show, continues to produce for underground rap artists from all over the world, occasionally goes on tours (globally, even. He's played shows in UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, Athens, and Osaka.), has a radio show (as mentioned above) called ''Live at Headquarterz'', Osaka), and heads an underground label called Year Round 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.



* TallPoppySyndrome: These lines in "Moment of Truth" reference the trope:

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* TallPoppySyndrome: These lines in "Moment of Truth" reference the trope:this:
10th Nov '16 7:37:13 PM PhysicalStamina
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Somewhere between ''Daily 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 called Group Home[[/note]]-].

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Somewhere between ''Daily 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 initial lineup was Jeru the Damaja, Big Shug, Lil Dap, and Melachi the Nutcracker[-[[note]]the latter two would later become a rap duo called Group Home[[/note]]-].



Gang Starr disbanded in 2003 after their last album ''The Ownerz'', after Guru had an argument with Premier and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere turned his back]] [[RageQuit on the duo.]] He continued to release solo albums after this.

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Gang Starr disbanded in 2003 after their last album ''The Ownerz'', after Guru Ownerz''. It's reported that the two had an argument with Premier and a falling out causing him to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere turned his back]] leave]] [[RageQuit on the duo.]] He continued to release solo albums after this.



* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A line from "What I'm Here 4" goes:

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A line from "What I'm Here 4" goes:has two examples:



** And:
-->''You got a fly one bring one, or else I come to fling some''
-->''Exquisite exotic exciting type shit''



* CurbStompBattle: Guru promises to deliver one to anyone who dares challenge him in a game of basketball in "Now You're Mine".

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%%* ClusterFBomb: Premier's introduction on "Peace Of Mine".
-->''Ey yo, what the FUCK is this shit that y'all are listenin' to nowadays on the radio, man? You call that shit hip-hop? THAT'S SOME FAGGOT BITCH SHIT Y'ALL ARE LISTENIN TO! All you DJ's are lettin the program directors handcuff you, and sit there and tell you how to mix?! YOU FUCKIN ROBOTS! FUCK Y'ALL!''
* CreepyMonotone: Guru was known for his subdued delivery, but the only true example of this trope in particular is "Take It Personal".
* CurbStompBattle: Guru promises promised to deliver one to anyone who dares dared challenge him in a game of basketball in "Now You're Mine".



* DreamTeam: Guru, Lil' Dap, and Jeru the Damaja on "I'm the Man" and "Speak Ya Clout".

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* DreamTeam: Besides the duo themselves, we have:
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Guru, Lil' Dap, and Jeru the Damaja on "I'm the Man" and "Speak Ya Clout".Clout".
** Guru and Nice & Smooth on "DWYCK".
** Guru and [[Music/WuTangClan Inspektah Deck]] on "Above the Clouds".
** Guru, Big Shug, and Freddie Foxx (aka Bumpy Knuckles)) on "The Militia".
** Guru and Music/{{Scarface}} on "Betrayal".


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* FunWithAcronyms: Guru ('''G'''ifted '''U'''nlimited '''R'''hymes '''U'''niversal)
8th Sep '16 6:00:01 AM PhysicalStamina
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However, in 2010, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Guru died of heart cancer,]] [[DownerEnding eliminating any chance of a reunion.]] DJ Premier did a tribute mix on his radio show in his honor.

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However, in In 2010, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Guru died of heart cancer,]] [[DownerEnding eliminating any chance of a reunion.]] DJ Premier did a tribute mix on his radio show in his honor.


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* AuthorAppeal: The many jazz samples used throughout their discography comes from Guru being a huge jazz fan. See also "Jazz Thing" and "Jazz Music".


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* GossipEvolution: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and criticized in "No Shame in My Game". Also criticized for a few lines near the end of "Take it Personal".
* GriefSong: "In Memory Of..."


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* ThereShouldBeALaw: From "Take it Personal":
-->''I flip lines and rhymes that never sound like yours''
-->''There oughta be laws against you yapping your jaws''
15th Aug '16 11:40:40 AM PhysicalStamina
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''No More Mr. Nice Guy'' featured more analog drums compared to the looped breaks of ''Arena'' and ''Daily Operation'', and Guru's delivery is more energetic, as opposed to the more laid-back style he would go on to use.
** Earlier still, "The Lesson" features a minimalist drum machine-driven beat typical of rap at the time and even louder delivery from Guru, reminiscent of acts like Music/LLCoolJ. DJ Premier is also nowhere to be seen.


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* NeverMyFault: Criticized in "The Lesson".
-->''Stop blaming your problems on everyone else''
-->''And deal with the person inside of yourself''


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** "The Lesson" also qualifies. It mostly consists of a drum beat, some scratching, and a repeated horn hit. A bassline and horn section is introduced a few of times later in the song, but it doesn't last very long.
15th Aug '16 11:20:29 AM PhysicalStamina
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Also during this time. Guru began his ''Jazzmatazz'' series of albums, taking Jazz Rap to its logical conclusion by working with jazz musicians and singers to create a true blend of jazz and hip-hop.

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Also during this time. Guru began his ''Jazzmatazz'' series of albums, taking Jazz Rap the "Jazz Rap" tag to its logical conclusion by working with jazz musicians and singers to create a true blend of jazz and hip-hop.



* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A line from "What I'm Here 4" goes:
-->''MC's muttering menial madness, they get mobbed''



* ShoutOut: From "You Know My Steez"

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* ShoutOut: From "You Know My Steez"Steez":
26th Jun '16 9:25:22 AM PhysicalStamina
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Around the time ''Moment Of Truth'' was being made, Guru was charged with gun possession. The album is somewhat centered around this. [-[[note]]"JFK 2 LAX" is about Guru's incarceration, before "Moment of Truth" starts, a few voicemails from Guru's friends wishing him the best of luck are played, and the second verse of that song describes his feelings while waiting to be tried.[[/note]]-]

Gang Starr disbanded in 2003 after their last album ''The Ownerz'', after Guru had an argument with Premier and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere turned his back]] [[RageQuit on the duo.]] He would later go on to release solo albums. While Guru seemed to have wanted nothing to do with Premier after that, Premier looked as if he'd put it all behind him and remained confident that the duo would reunite for another album one day.


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Around Also during this time. Guru began his ''Jazzmatazz'' series of albums, taking Jazz Rap to its logical conclusion by working with jazz musicians and singers to create a true blend of jazz and hip-hop.

After a four-year gap,
the time duo finally released their fifth album, ''Moment Of Truth'' Truth''. Around the time the album was being made, Guru was charged with gun possession. The album is somewhat centered around this. [-[[note]]"JFK 2 LAX" is about Guru's incarceration, before "Moment of Truth" starts, a few voicemails from Guru's friends wishing him the best of luck are played, and the second verse of that song describes his feelings while waiting to be tried.[[/note]]-]

Gang Starr disbanded in 2003 after their last album ''The Ownerz'', after Guru had an argument with Premier and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere turned his back]] [[RageQuit on the duo.]] He would later go on continued to release solo albums. While Guru seemed to have wanted nothing to do with Premier albums after that, Premier looked as if he'd put it all behind him and remained confident that the duo would reunite for another album one day.

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26th Jun '16 9:10:07 AM PhysicalStamina
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Around the time ''Moment Of Truth'' was being made, Guru was charged gun possession. The album is somewhat centered around this. [-[[note]]"JFK 2 LAX" is about Guru's incarceration, before "Moment of Truth" starts, a few voicemails from Guru's friends wishing him the best of luck are played, and the second verse of that song describes his feelings while waiting to be tried.[[/note]]-]

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Around the time ''Moment Of Truth'' was being made, Guru was charged with gun possession. The album is somewhat centered around this. [-[[note]]"JFK 2 LAX" is about Guru's incarceration, before "Moment of Truth" starts, a few voicemails from Guru's friends wishing him the best of luck are played, and the second verse of that song describes his feelings while waiting to be tried.[[/note]]-]
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''
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