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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Albums

BENNLP1 Gang Starr - No More Mr. Nice Guy album art 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 art Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Album) Chrysalis F1 21798 US 1990 Sell This Version
3219101 Gang Starr - Daily Operation album art Gang Starr Daily Operation (Album) Chrysalis 3219101 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
none Gang Starr - Hard To Earn album art Gang Starr Hard To Earn (Album) Chrysalis none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Gang Starr - Snippets From The New LP Moment Of Truth album art Gang Starr Snippets From The New LP Moment Of Truth Noo Trybe Records none US 1998 Sell This Version
7243 8 45585 1 2 Gang Starr - Moment Of Truth album art Gang Starr Moment Of Truth (Album) Noo Trybe Records 7243 8 45585 1 2 US 1998 Sell This Version
7243 5 93749 2 5 Gang Starr - The Ownerz album art Gang Starr The Ownerz (Album) Virgin Records America 7243 5 93749 2 5 US 2003 Sell This Version
GSE001LP Gang Starr - One Of The Best Yet album art Gang Starr One Of The Best Yet (Album) Gang Starr Enterprises, TTT (To The Top), INgrooves GSE001LP Europe 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WP 1004 Gang Starr - Believe Dat! album art Gang Starr Believe Dat! Wild Pitch Records WP 1004 US 1987 Sell This Version
NU 7170 Gang Starr - The Lesson album art Gang Starr The Lesson Wild Pitch Records NU 7170 US 1987 Sell This Version
WP1009 Gang Starr - Movin' On album art Gang Starr Movin' On Wild Pitch Records WP1009 US 1988 Sell This Version
WP 9016, WPK 9016 Gang Starr - Positivity album art Gang Starr Positivity (Maxi, Single) Wild Pitch Records WP 9016, WPK 9016 US 1989 Sell This Version
WP-1012 Gang Starr - Words I Manifest album art Gang Starr Words I Manifest (Maxi) Wild Pitch Records WP-1012 US 1989 Sell This Version
CAS 2137 Gang Starr - Jazz Thing album art Gangstarr* Jazz Thing (Single, Maxi) CBS CAS 2137 US 1990 Sell This Version
V 23620 Gang Starr - Just To Get A Rep album art Gang Starr Just To Get A Rep (Maxi, Single) Chrysalis V 23620 US 1990 Sell This Version
614 478 Gang Starr - I Lost My Ignorance (And Don't Know Where To Find It) album art Dream Warriors & Gang Starr Dream Warriors & Gang Starr - I Lost My Ignorance (And Don't Know Where To Find It) (Maxi) 4th & Broadway 614 478 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
V-23752 Gang Starr - Step In The Arena album art Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Single) Chrysalis V-23752 US 1991 Sell This Version
1C 060-32 3667 6 Gang Starr - Take A Rest album art Gang Starr Take A Rest (Single, Maxi) Cooltempo, Cooltempo, Cooltempo 1C 060-32 3667 6 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
DPRO 23676 Gang Starr - Lovesick album art Gang Starr Lovesick (Maxi, Single) Chrysalis DPRO 23676 US 1991 Sell This Version
Y-19761 Gang Starr - Ex Girl To Next Girl album art Gang Starr Ex Girl To Next Girl (Maxi) Chrysalis Y-19761 US 1992 Sell This Version
V 23830 Gang Starr - Take It Personal album art Gang Starr Take It Personal (Single) Chrysalis V 23830 US 1992 Sell This Version
Y-24821 Gang Starr - Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot) / Flip The Script album art Gang Starr Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot) / Flip The Script (Maxi, Single) Chrysalis, EMI Records Group North America Y-24821 US 1992 Sell This Version
COOLXW 256 Gang Starr - 2 Deep album art Gang Starr 2 Deep (Single) Cooltempo COOLXW 256 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SPRO-24814 Gang Starr - Flip The Script (Remix) album art Gangstarr* Flip The Script (Remix)(12", TP) Chrysalis SPRO-24814 US 1992 Sell This Version
SCONC 018 Gang Starr - Who's Going To Take The Weight / Movin' On album art 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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pungisotu

pungisotu

October 27, 2019
New Gang Starr album titled "One of the Best Yet." Up for pre-order. LP, CD and mp3 on amazon. Got some new songs from it on youtube on their official channel, Gangstarrvevo.
fabwoodman

fabwoodman

March 12, 2019
MAN OHH MAN... I miss GURU SO MUCH. I remember waiting patiently for every GANG STARR LP to drop but that can be no more... :/
RIP Boss Man, GONE but WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. Peace
victim.in.pain

victim.in.pain

July 10, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
Favorite rap duo ever.
R.I.P. and much respect to the man

G ifted
U nlimited
R hymes
U niversal
Dimoko

Dimoko

October 12, 2015
legendary & supreme
MisterFunkyMan

MisterFunkyMan

October 28, 2014
edited over 6 years 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 8 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..
Marc_The_Shark

Marc_The_Shark

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

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