Tracklist below. Word. [Advance notice: 2DopeBoyz]
Anyway, Cope2 and Shepard Fairey (who is in town prepping an exhibition at Deitch Projects) connected to drop a mural in the Boogie Down that combines both of the renowned artists’ aesthetics. Must go see this for myself sooner than later. More pics after the video of this event below (by EWOK 5MH via Animal NY) and the break. [Checked at Hypebeast]
Below; Sean P, Donnis, Jay Eletronica and the homie Dan Solomito challenge reigning champ Jim Jones in Converse’s Band of Ballers tourney going down in the ATL on May 1. P-Body saying they’ll at least outrap every team is pretty much a given. P!!!
Keenan Ivory Wayan’s In Living Color stayed having legit Hip-Hop acts close out the sketch comedy show’s episodes with energetic performances (KRS-1, Leaders of the New School (below), Pete Rock & CL Smooth, et. al.). Above is Gang Starr and Nice & Smooth performing the b-side champion tune “D.W.Y.C.K.”
Moment of Truth: Guru Succumbs to Cancer [BEATS and RANTS]
Keith Elam, 1962-2010 [Jesse Serwer]
Guru of Gang Starr passed away yesterday. So did part of my childhood.
Gang Starr, along with sizable doses of Native Tongue, BDP and Juice Crew music, was my perpetual soundtrack ever since I first peeped the visual for “Words I Manifest” on Video Music Box. There was no better and dependable place to go for that good ol’ NYC boom bap (even if Guru was from Boston and Premier is from Texas) than a Gang Starr record.
With that in mind, here is every Gang Starr, and Guru, video in chronological order. Pretty sure the good Dart Adams has this covered already, but so be it.
It’s a shame but Jadakiss was right; dead rappers get better promotion. Even GQ notes that he was “underrated.” It’s too bad that only after his death will Guru really get the credit that he is due. RIP Guru.
Gang Starr No More Mr. Nice Guy (Wild Pitch, 1989)
“Words I Manifest”
“Jazz Thing” – the video version appears on the Mo Better Blues Soundtrack (1991)
Step in the Arena (Chrysalis/EMI, 1991)
“Just To Get a Rep” – the video was directed by Fab 5 Freddy. people felt a ways when they copped the album and realized the video version had an extra verse.
“Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?” – this was “Just to Get a Rep’s” b-side.
“Step in the Arena” – See homie with the chain on his neck (no “Just to Get a Rep”) and bald head? That would be Melachi the Nutcracker.
Gang Starr Daily Operation (Chrysalis/EMI, 1992)
“Take It Personal” – “Rap is an art you can’t own no loops, it’s how you hook em up and the rhyme style troop.” = a Hip-Hop mantra.
“D.W.Y.C.K.” – this rocked the summer of 1992 and was “Take It Personal’s” b-side. It wouldn’t appear on an album until ’94’s Daily Operation.
“Ex Girl to the Next Girl”
“Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot)” – this gem is from the Trespass Soundrack (1993).
Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 (Chrysalis/EMI, 1993)
“Trust Me” f/ N’Dea Davenport
“Loungin'” f/ Donald Byrd – recognize, Donald Byrd has BEATS.
“Le Bien, Le Mal” – that would be featuring MC Solaar. not the guy who calls himself superproducer with no hits to his name.
“No Time To Play”
Gang Starr Hard to Earn (Chrysalis/EMI, 1994)
“Code of the Streets”
“Mass Appeal” – Premier is cutting up “Pass the Mic” by Da Youngstaz, in case you didn’t know.
“Suckas Need Bodyguards”
Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol 2: The New Reality (Chrysalis/EMI, 1994)
“What What You Say” f/ Chaka Khan
Gang Starr Moment of Truth (Noo Trybe/Virgin/EMI, 1998)
“Royalty” f/ K-Ci & JoJo – the record everyone looked at on paper and said “WTF” but still sounds great.
“You Know My Steez”
“Militia” f/ Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx
Gang Starr Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr (No Trybe/Virgin/EMI, 1999)
“Discipline” f/ Total
Guru Jazzmataz, Vol. 3: Street Soul (Virgin, 2000)
“Keep Your Worries” f/ Angie Stone – that’s DJ Scratch in the video. Also, my fav track on this album was “Certified” featuring Bilal and produced by Jay Dee/J. Dilla.
“Supa Love” f/ Kelis
Gang Starr The Ownerz (Virgin, 2003)
“Rite Where U Stand”
“Nice Girl, Wrong Place”
“Same Team, No Games”
Guru Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures (7 Grand, 2005)
Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip-Hop Jazz Messanger: Back to the Future (7 Grand, 2007)
“State of Clarity” f/ Common
“Cuz I’m Jazzy” f/ Slum Village
Guru 8.0: Lost & Found (7 Grand, 2009)
“Divine Rule” – Sigh.
Let me know if I missed any…
RIP Guru Of Gang Starr [The Nod Factor]
Mister Cee’s Throwback at Noon Guru Tribute on HOT 97 [Rappers I Know]
YN Editorial: I Got 5 On It [Rap Radar]
Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek are Reflection Eternal, Revolutions Per Minute is out May 18th. The clip for “In This World” above, album artwork below followed by the video for “Strangers (Paranoid)” featuring Bun B.
Still no Dr. Dre & Jay-Z single or Detox. But you knew that.
An in-depth, and rambling, interview with RBX from a few years back below. Interesting how his speaking voice sounds nothing like his apocalyptic tone on the mic. Never signed to Death Row? Good move. Signed to Hollywood Basic? Bad move.
The Abbot of the Wu-Tang Clan speaks on the iDrum, the iPhone app he’s endorsing, and offers insight into his production techniques in general. Yeah, he started as a DJ.
Shouts to my panin Martin Berrios for the find. My fav RZA beat, of the moment, “Ice Water” from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
Drake’s “Over” clip; still not too enthused by the song, but the video is pretty good. Drizzy tries to live up to the hype with Thank Me Later in June.