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

Gang Starr No More Mr. Nice Guy (Album) Wild Pitch Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Album) Chrysalis US 1990 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Daily Operation (Album) Chrysalis US 1992 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Hard To Earn (Album) Chrysalis, ERG UK 1993 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Moment Of Truth (Album) Noo Trybe Records Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Full Clip: A Decade Of Gang Starr (Comp) Virgin Records America Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Gang Starr The Ownerz (Album) Virgin Records America, Inc. US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Gang Starr The Lesson Wild Pitch Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Believe Dat! Wild Pitch Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Movin' On Wild Pitch Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Positivity (Single) Wild Pitch Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Words I Manifest (Maxi) Wild Pitch Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Just To Get A Rep (Maxi) Chrysalis US 1990 Sell This Version
Gangstarr* Jazz Thing (Single, Maxi) CBS 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
Gang Starr Take A Rest (Maxi) Cooltempo, Cooltempo, Cooltempo Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Lovesick (Maxi, Single) Chrysalis US 1991 Sell This Version
Dream Warriors & Gang Starr Dream Warriors & Gang Starr - I Lost My Ignorance (And Don't Know Where To Find It) (Maxi) 4th & Broadway Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Single) Chrysalis US 1991 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot) / Flip The Script (Maxi, Single) Chrysalis US 1992 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Take It Personal (Single) Chrysalis US 1992 Sell This Version
Gang Starr Ex Girl To Next Girl (Maxi) Chrysalis US 1992 Sell This Version
Gang Starr 2 Deep (Single) Cooltempo 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

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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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