History Music / GangStarr

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''
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.
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