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Gang Starr

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Quite a few chart-topping rappers came and went during the five years between Gang Starr's fifth and sixth LPs. So many, in fact, that it's tempting to think that commercial rap had taken a turn for the worse simply because the duo hadn't been back to tend the fires since 1998. Angry and intelligent as they'd ever been, Guru and DJ Premier came right back with guns blazing, ridiculing radio DJs and program directors as "f*cking robots" and proving their case with an album full of tough, kinetic hip-hop that blows away anything on the rap charts. Guru, never the most talented rapper on the East Coast, tightened his flow considerably to match his cutting verse, and DJ Premier only continued waxing lyrical with turntables and samplers. (Compared to his outside productions during the interim, it's clear he was holding back for Gang Starr a few can't-miss productions: "Put Up or Shut Up," "Skillz," the title track.) Guru's wordplay and imagery are vivid, whether he's relating yet another inner-city tale ("Sabotage"), excoriating the record industry ("Deadly Habitz"), or casually making a play for a girl ("Nice Girl, Wrong Place"). Surprisingly, most of the guest features are pedestrian, including the lame guns-and-gangstas posturing of "Who Got Gunz" featuring Fat Joe and M.O.P. or "Capture (Militia Pt. 3)" featuring Big Shug and Freddie Foxxx. Also a letdown is Snoop Dogg's "In This Life...," the return of a favor Premier did for him on two tracks for his Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ LP of a year back. (The only great collaboration is Jadakiss' full-flowing rap on "Rite Where U Stand.") All the Gang Starr trademarks are in place, from Premier's perfect upchoruses to Guru's reedy voice cutting or instructing, and sounding better than ever.
© John Bush /TiVo

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1
Intro (HG, Goo, Panch)
Gang Starr
00:00:47

Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Non Music Work, Composer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - DJ Premier, Producer - Dexter Thibou, Recorder, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

2
Put Up Or Shut Up
Gang Starr
00:03:15

Chris Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer, Co-Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Krumb Snatcha, FeaturedArtist - Demetrius Gibbs, Composer

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

3
Werdz From The Ghetto Child
Gang Starr
00:01:09

BILLY SMILEY, Rap Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Unknown, Composer - Gang Starr, MainArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

4
Sabotage
Gang Starr
00:02:24

Chris Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
Rite Where U Stand
Gang Starr
00:03:39

C. Martin, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Sancho, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jadakiss, FeaturedArtist - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, ComposerLyricist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - J. Phillips, ComposerLyricist - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Whitfield, ComposerLyricist - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records

6
Skills
Gang Starr
00:03:20

Chris Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer, Co-Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recorder, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2002 Virgin Records

7
Deadly Habitz
Gang Starr
00:04:14

C. Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer, Co-Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - S. Gray, Composer

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

8
Nice Girl, Wrong Place
Gang Starr
00:03:32

C. Martin, ComposerLyricist - Curtis Mayfield, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Sancho, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, ComposerLyricist - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - L. Fletcher, ComposerLyricist - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

9
Peace Of Mine
Gang Starr
00:03:01

C. Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer, Co-Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

10
Who Got Gunz
Gang Starr
00:03:36

C. Martin, Composer - J. Cartagena, Composer - J. Grinnage, Composer - E. Murry, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - M.O.P., FeaturedArtist - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recorder, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

11
Capture (Militia Pt. 3)
Gang Starr
00:03:23

C. Martin, Composer - Freddie Foxxx, FeaturedArtist - James Campbell, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Ruotolo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Big Shug, FeaturedArtist - Dexter Thibou, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - C. Guy, Composer

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

12
Playtawin
Gang Starr
00:03:11

C. Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer, Co-Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Ruotolo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

13
Riot Akt
Gang Starr
00:04:04

C. Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

14
(Hiney)
Gang Starr
00:01:32

Non Music Work, Composer - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

15
Same Team, No Games
Gang Starr
00:03:44

Davis, ComposerLyricist - Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Martin, ComposerLyricist - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - DJ Premier, Producer - Elam, ComposerLyricist - NYG'z, FeaturedArtist - H. Stax, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America Inc.

16
In This Life...
Uncle Reo
00:03:06

C. Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Snoop Dogg, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Uncle Reo, FeaturedArtist - Reo, Composer - Dexter Thibou, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

17
The Ownerz
Gang Starr
00:02:57

C. Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

18
Zonin'
Gang Starr
00:02:54

C. Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer, Co-Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dexter Thibou, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

19
Eulogy
Gang Starr
00:02:55

C. Martin, Composer - Eddie Sancho, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guru, Producer, Co-Producer - Gang Starr, MainArtist - Keith Elam, Composer - DJ Premier, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Ruotolo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 2003 Virgin Records America, Inc.

Album Description

Quite a few chart-topping rappers came and went during the five years between Gang Starr's fifth and sixth LPs. So many, in fact, that it's tempting to think that commercial rap had taken a turn for the worse simply because the duo hadn't been back to tend the fires since 1998. Angry and intelligent as they'd ever been, Guru and DJ Premier came right back with guns blazing, ridiculing radio DJs and program directors as "f*cking robots" and proving their case with an album full of tough, kinetic hip-hop that blows away anything on the rap charts. Guru, never the most talented rapper on the East Coast, tightened his flow considerably to match his cutting verse, and DJ Premier only continued waxing lyrical with turntables and samplers. (Compared to his outside productions during the interim, it's clear he was holding back for Gang Starr a few can't-miss productions: "Put Up or Shut Up," "Skillz," the title track.) Guru's wordplay and imagery are vivid, whether he's relating yet another inner-city tale ("Sabotage"), excoriating the record industry ("Deadly Habitz"), or casually making a play for a girl ("Nice Girl, Wrong Place"). Surprisingly, most of the guest features are pedestrian, including the lame guns-and-gangstas posturing of "Who Got Gunz" featuring Fat Joe and M.O.P. or "Capture (Militia Pt. 3)" featuring Big Shug and Freddie Foxxx. Also a letdown is Snoop Dogg's "In This Life...," the return of a favor Premier did for him on two tracks for his Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ LP of a year back. (The only great collaboration is Jadakiss' full-flowing rap on "Rite Where U Stand.") All the Gang Starr trademarks are in place, from Premier's perfect upchoruses to Guru's reedy voice cutting or instructing, and sounding better than ever.
© John Bush /TiVo

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