Gang Starr

Gang Starr

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Gang Starr
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Gang Starr was an East Coast hip hop duo that consisted of the late MC Guru and DJ/producer DJ Premier. Their style combined elements of New York jazz and hip hop.

The group was founded by Keith Elam in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985 (then known as Keithy E. The Guru) and DJ 1,2 B-Down (also known as Mike Dee) with various producers, such as Donald D, J.V. Johnson or DJ Mark the 45 King helping out. In 1987 and 1988, Gang Starr released three 12" vinyl singles on the Wild Pitch label.
In 1989, the group split and the only member willing to continue under the name Gang Starr was Guru. He soon got in touch with DJ Premier (then known as Waxmaster C) who sent him a beat tape which Guru liked. He invited DJ Premier to join Gang Starr and in that same year they released their first single "Words I Manifest" along with the album No More Mr. Nice Guy (1989).
During their career Gang Starr helped pioneer the New York hip hop sound. The entire Gang Starr's catalog, especially Step in the Arena (1991), Daily Operation (1992), Hard to Earn (1994) and Moment of Truth (1998) are well-respected among critics. Their track "Jazz Thing" was featured on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's film Mo' Better Blues.
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Gang Starr Discography

Albums

BENNLP1 Gang Starr No More Mr. Nice Guy (Album) Wild Pitch Records BENNLP1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
F1 21798 Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Album) Chrysalis F1 21798 US 1990 Sell This Version
F2 21910, CDP-21910 Gang Starr Daily Operation (Album) Chrysalis F2 21910, CDP-21910 US 1992 Sell This Version
none Gang Starr Hard To Earn (Album) Chrysalis, ERG none UK 1993 Sell This Version
7243 8 59032 2 9 Gang Starr Moment Of Truth (Album) Noo Trybe Records 7243 8 59032 2 9 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
7243 5 93749 2 5 Gang Starr The Ownerz (Album) Virgin Records America, Inc. 7243 5 93749 2 5 US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NU 7170 Gang Starr The Lesson Wild Pitch Records NU 7170 US 1987 Sell This Version
WP 1004 Gang Starr Believe Dat! Wild Pitch Records WP 1004 US 1987 Sell This Version
WP1009 Gang Starr Movin' On Wild Pitch Records WP1009 US 1988 Sell This Version
WP 9016, WPK 9016 Gang Starr Positivity (Single) Wild Pitch Records WP 9016, WPK 9016 US 1989 Sell This Version
WP1012 Gang Starr Words I Manifest (Maxi) Wild Pitch Records WP1012 US 1989 Sell This Version
V 23620 Gang Starr Just To Get A Rep (Maxi) Chrysalis V 23620 US 1990 Sell This Version
CAS 2137 Gangstarr* Jazz Thing (Single, Maxi) CBS CAS 2137 US 1990 Sell This Version
MCA-9105 Johnny Gill / Ralph Tresvant / Nine Inch Nails / Gang Starr Johnny Gill / Ralph Tresvant / Nine Inch Nails / Gang Starr - Wrap My Body Tight / Sensitivity / Get Down, Make Love / Just To Get A Rep(12", EP) MCA Records MCA-9105 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
1C 060-32 3667 6 Gang Starr Take A Rest (Maxi) Cooltempo, Cooltempo, Cooltempo 1C 060-32 3667 6 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
DPRO 23676 Gang Starr Lovesick (Maxi, Single) Chrysalis DPRO 23676 US 1991 Sell This Version
V 23752 Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Single) Chrysalis V 23752 US 1991 Sell This Version
614 478 Dream Warriors & Gang Starr Dream Warriors & Gang Starr - Follow Me Not / I've Lost My Ignorance (And Don't Know Where To Find It) (Maxi) Island Records, 4th & Broadway 614 478 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Y-24821 Gang Starr Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot) / Flip The Script (Single, Maxi) Chrysalis Y-24821 US 1992 Sell This Version
V 23830 Gang Starr Take It Personal (Single) Chrysalis V 23830 US 1992 Sell This Version
Y-19761 Gang Starr Ex Girl To Next Girl (Maxi) Chrysalis Y-19761 US 1992 Sell This Version
COOLXW 256 Gang Starr 2 Deep (Single) Cooltempo COOLXW 256 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SPRO-24814 Gangstarr* Flip The Script (Remix)(12", TP) Chrysalis SPRO-24814 US 1992 Sell This Version
SCONC 018 Gang Starr / Master Ace* Gang Starr / Master Ace* - Who's Going To Take The Weight / Movin' On(7", Single) Stampa Alternativa SCONC 018 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
7243 8 81212 2 4 Gang Starr Mass Appeal (Single, Maxi) Chrysalis 7243 8 81212 2 4 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version

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Dimoko

Dimoko

October 12, 2015
legendary & supreme
MisterFunkyMan

MisterFunkyMan

October 28, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
R.I.P. Legendary G.U.R.U. Real Jazzman!
Raiteriz

Raiteriz

April 16, 2013
best rap group ever ! and of course best rap producer Premo !
Geebeats

Geebeats

January 19, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
I feel the same R.I.P one of the great MC'S that ever touched mic has gone but I you all us Hip Hop heads should remember him through his Hip Hop music so definitely remembered not forgotten.One Geebeats.
BURNER845

BURNER845

June 26, 2011
Rest In Peace Guru, you had great positive music, unforgettable voice, you will be missed but never forgotten..
Automata

Automata

April 20, 2010
RIP Guru your lyrics are etched in my mind forever

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