Gang Starr ‎– Hard To Earn

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Intro (First Step) 0:54
ALONGWAYTOGO 4:13
Code Of The Streets 3:29
Brainstorm 3:02
Tonz 'O' Gunz 3:55
The Planet 5:16
Aiiight Chill... 3:13
Speak Ya Clout 3:35
DWYCK 4:03
Words From The Nutcracker 1:29
Mass Appeal 3:41
Blowin' Up The Spot 3:10
Suckas Need Bodyguards 4:05
Now You're Mine 2:55
Mostly Tha Voice 3:38
F.A.L.A. 4:17
Comin' For Datazz 4:02

Versions (34)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
F1 28435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(2xLP, Album) Chrysalis F1 28435 US 1994 Sell This Version
none Gang Starr Hard To Earn(Cass, Promo) Chrysalis none UK 1993 Sell This Version
HTELP01 Gang Starr Hard To Earn Instrumental(2xLP, Album) Chrysalis, ERG HTELP01 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 1 1, CTLP 38 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(2xLP, Album) Chrysalis, ERG, Chrysalis 7243 8 28435 1 1, CTLP 38 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 1 1 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(2xLP, Album) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 1 1 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8, F2-28435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 2 8, F2-28435 US 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8, CTCD 38 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis, ERG, Chrysalis 7243 8 28435 2 8, CTCD 38 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 2 8 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8, F2-28435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis 7243 8 28435 2 8, F2-28435 US 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 2 8 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 2 8 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
TOCP-8194 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis TOCP-8194 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
F2 7243 8 28435 2 8, F2-28435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis, ERG, EMI Music Canada F2 7243 8 28435 2 8, F2-28435 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis 7243 8 28435 2 8 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
F2-28435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album, Club) Chrysalis F2-28435 US 1994 Sell This Version
CDP-528435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album, Club) Chrysalis, Columbia House CDP-528435 US 1994 Sell This Version
D 102725 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Club) Chrysalis D 102725 US 1994 Sell This Version
CTTC 38 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(Cass) Chrysalis CTTC 38 UK 1994 Sell This Version
F4 28435, 7243 8 28435 4 2 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(Cass, Album) Chrysalis, EMI F4 28435, 7243 8 28435 4 2 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 4 2, F4-28435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(Cass, Album) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 4 2, F4-28435 US 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 4 2 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(Cass, Album) Chrysalis 7243 8 28435 4 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
F4-528435, F4 528435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(Cass, Album, Club) Chrysalis, ERG F4-528435, F4 528435 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
F4-528435, F4 528435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(Cass, Album, Club) Chrysalis, ERG F4-528435, F4 528435 US 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 4 2, F4-28435 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(Cass, Album, Club, BMG) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 4 2, F4-28435 US 1994 Sell This Version
TOCP-50630 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album, RE) Chrysalis TOCP-50630 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 1 1 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(2xLP, Album, RE) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 1 1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
B0021741-01 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Virgin B0021741-01 US 2014 Sell This Version
UICY-76778 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album, RE) Virgin UICY-76778 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
GSRLP-371 G. Starr* Hard To Earn Inst.(LP, Unofficial) Not On Label (Gang Starr) GSRLP-371 US Unknown Sell This Version
GSRLP-371 G. Starr* Hard To Earn Inst.(LP, Unofficial) Not On Label (Gang Starr) GSRLP-371 Unknown Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album) Chrysalis 7243 8 28435 2 8 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album, RE) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 2 8 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album, RE) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 2 8 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7243 8 28435 2 8 Gang Starr Hard To Earn(CD, Album, RE, RP) Chrysalis, ERG 7243 8 28435 2 8 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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aurasty1

aurasty1

August 8, 2020
referencing Hard To Earn, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, B0021741-01
Bought a brand new copy and inside I've got record #2 and second one is Ice Cube's "Lethal Injection record! WTF??!!!
Knee_Deep

Knee_Deep

May 29, 2020
referencing Hard To Earn, Cass, Promo, none
Is the version of Doe In Advance on this tape promo the original version (i.e. not the version released in Japan)?
marcoprolo

marcoprolo

October 1, 2019
referencing Hard To Earn, 2xLP, Album, F1 28435

This is one of the best Gang Start ever. I was surprised how food it sounds. Even 'Step In The Arena' album before has many tracks on 1 album but sounds also very good for that. Sometimes there are albums that sound great even if there are many tracks on it. Then there are bad quality double LP's
There was a time l hated an one vinyl Lp. My point of view has changed. There are many
good pressings from the older days. Bit this album here is m the cherry on top in 2 well made vinyls!!
ThatsGoodForm

ThatsGoodForm

March 8, 2019
referencing Hard To Earn, 2xLP, Album, 7243 8 28435 1 1

25 years ago, Gang Starr’s fourth studio album was released and today has left a lasting impression on many hip hop fans in the community. In 1993 - at the time of this LP’s recording, DJ Premier’s production was evolving through a renaissance period where in hindsight he worked on and produced many classic projects. That year, he produced titles on albums including KRS-One’s – Return Of The Boom Bap, Nas’s – Illmatic, The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die and solely produced LP’s Jeru The Damaja’s – The Sun Rises In The East and of course, Gang Starr’s – Hard To Earn.

Around the same time, Guru is getting frustrated and aggravated at comments about Gang Starr that they are a one-dimensional hip-hop group in that they only release alternative and jazz hip-hop music. Guru wanted to prove that they could create something other than jazz hip-hop with this project, so they embarked on creating something raw and gritty.

There are some fantastic stories behind individual tracks on this project including: Guru was completely plastered when he recorded “ALONGWAYTOGO”, Guru produced the original version of “Code Of The Streets” for a TV documentary and Premier remastered it for the album and also DJ Premier and Guru had a fist fight over an argument so the song “Now You’re Mine” which was made for the second movie soundtrack “White Men Can’t Jump” Guru was actually rapping about DJ Premier and Guru allegedly made eye contact with Premier for the entirety of the recording.

Stand out songs: Code Of The Streets, Speak Ya Clout, DYWCK, Mass Appeal and Now You’re Mine.

This LP is spread out of 2 LPs and is overall a decent release. There isn’t any surface noise, warping and has a relatively balanced sound. This pressing plays through quite nicely, and I don’t really have anything bad to say about it.
5/5 for the album, 4/5 for the pressing.
AT81

AT81

December 4, 2018
referencing Hard To Earn, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, B0021741-01
Same here.. 2x record number 2
Bought a brand new sealed copy..and the white inner sleeves where ripped (obviously rushed).respect the classics? the guy at the record store actually sent me his own personal og copy to make up for it.. what an absolute legend! Make sure you check out beatnik records on the Gold Coast in Australia next time you re downunder 🙃
pungisotu

pungisotu

June 13, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Hard To Earn, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, B0021741-01
I bought a brand new copy of this reissue only to see I got double of LP 2 and no LP 1 at all. If any has and LP 1 they would sell or trade for my LZp 2 or anything else please contact me.

Anyhow, like most seem to say about the Respect the Classics series, this is a poor pressing. Flat sounding with little bass. My old tattered LP sounds much better.
DJDolo76

DJDolo76

March 1, 2018
referencing Hard To Earn, 2xLP, Album, 7243 8 28435 1 1
Might be the pinnacle of GangStarr Albums (with Daily Operation running a close second).
ThisShouldBeFun

ThisShouldBeFun

December 9, 2017
referencing Hard To Earn, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, B0021741-01

Mine came with two copies of record #2 and no record #1. Not impressed with the 'respect the classics' series, I also tried two differentcopies of the Roots 'Do u want more' and both copies had a lot of skips, I would avoid 'respect the classics' from now on.
Neat_au

Neat_au

May 23, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Hard To Earn, CD, Album, 7243 8 28435 2 8, F2-28435
I have just picked up another version of this which is not noted. It is definitely a modern reissue version. The rear of the inlay is exactly the same as this version: http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2803242 (same distribution, identifier etc etc).
The Disk itself says 'made in EU'
It is LC 1626
It is when looking at the matrix that things get interesting: Key points are the mould identifier on the inner ring which is iFPi 9R97. Also on the matrix is the following website - www.takt.eu with in very smaller letters directly underneath iFPi LK97