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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BENNLP1 No More Mr. Nice Guy — Gang Starr Gang Starr No More Mr. Nice Guy (Album) Wild Pitch Records BENNLP1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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F1 21798 Step In The Arena — Gang Starr Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Album) Chrysalis F1 21798 US 1990 Sell This Version
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CDP-21910, F2-21910-RE1 Daily Operation — Gang Starr Gang Starr Daily Operation (Album) Chrysalis CDP-21910, F2-21910-RE1 US 1992 Sell This Version
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none Hard To Earn — Gang Starr Gang Starr Hard To Earn (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis, ERG, ERG none UK 1993 Sell This Version
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none Moment Of Truth — Gang Starr Gang Starr Moment Of Truth Noo Trybe Records, Noo Trybe Records none US 1998 Sell This Version
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7243 8 59032 4 3 Moment Of Truth — Gang Starr Gang Starr Moment Of Truth (Album) Noo Trybe Records 7243 8 59032 4 3 Poland 1998 Sell This Version
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7243 5 93749 2 5 The Ownerz — Gang Starr Gang Starr The Ownerz (Album) Virgin Records America 7243 5 93749 2 5 US 2003 Sell This Version
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GSE001LP One Of The Best Yet — Gang Starr Gang Starr One Of The Best Yet (Album) Gang Starr Enterprises, TTT (To The Top), INgrooves GSE001LP Europe 2019 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

WP 1004 Believe Dat! — Gang Starr Gang Starr Believe Dat! Wild Pitch Records WP 1004 US 1987 Sell This Version
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NU 7170 The Lesson — Gang Starr Gang Starr The Lesson Wild Pitch Records NU 7170 US 1987 Sell This Version
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WP1009 Movin' On — Gang Starr Gang Starr Movin' On Wild Pitch Records WP1009 US 1988 Sell This Version
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WP 9016, WPK 9016 Positivity — Gang Starr Gang Starr Positivity (Maxi, Single) Wild Pitch Records WP 9016, WPK 9016 US 1989 Sell This Version
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WP-1012 Words I Manifest — Gang Starr Gang Starr Words I Manifest (Maxi) Wild Pitch Records WP-1012 US 1989 Sell This Version
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CAS 2137 Jazz Thing — Gang Starr Gangstarr* Jazz Thing (Single, Maxi) CBS CAS 2137 US 1990 Sell This Version
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V 23620 Just To Get A Rep — Gang Starr Gang Starr Just To Get A Rep (Maxi, Single) Chrysalis V 23620 US 1990 Sell This Version
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614 478 I Lost My Ignorance (And Don't Know Where To Find It) — Gang Starr 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
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V-23752 Step In The Arena — Gang Starr Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Single) Chrysalis V-23752 US 1991 Sell This Version
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1C 060-32 3667 6 Take A Rest / Who's Gonna Take The Weight — Gang Starr Gang Starr Take A Rest / Who's Gonna Take The Weight (Single, Maxi) Cooltempo, Cooltempo 1C 060-32 3667 6 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
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DPRO 23676 Lovesick — Gang Starr Gang Starr Lovesick (Maxi, Single) Chrysalis DPRO 23676 US 1991 Sell This Version
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Y-19761 Ex Girl To Next Girl — Gang Starr Gang Starr Ex Girl To Next Girl (Single, Maxi) Chrysalis Y-19761 US 1992 Sell This Version
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V 23830 Take It Personal — Gang Starr Gang Starr Take It Personal (Single) Chrysalis V 23830 US 1992 Sell This Version
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Y-24821 Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot) / Flip The Script — Gang Starr Gang Starr Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot) / Flip The Script (Single, Maxi) Chrysalis, EMI Records Group North America Y-24821 US 1992 Sell This Version
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3 23886 2 2 Deep — Gang Starr Gang Starr 2 Deep (Single, Maxi) Cooltempo 3 23886 2 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
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SPRO-24814 Flip The Script (Remix) — Gang Starr Gangstarr* Flip The Script (Remix)(12", TP) Chrysalis SPRO-24814 US 1992 Sell This Version
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SCONC 018 Who's Going To Take The Weight / Movin' On — Gang Starr 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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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
FIBEROPTICCOMMANDO

FIBEROPTICCOMMANDO

July 10, 2017
edited over 5 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 8 years ago
R.I.P. Legendary G.U.R.U. Real Jazzman!
Geebeats

Geebeats

January 19, 2013
edited over 10 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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