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Gang StarrHard To Earn

Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Boom Bap
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Tracklist

Intro (First Step)0:54
Alongwaytogo4:13
Code Of The Streets3:29
Brainstorm3:02
Tonz 'O' Gunz3:55
The Planet5:16
Aiiight Chill...3:13
Speak Ya Clout3:35
DWYCK4:03
Words From The Nutcracker1:29
Mass Appeal3:41
Blowin' Up The Spot3:10
Suckas Need Bodyguards4:05
Now You're Mine2:55
Mostly Tha Voice3:38
F.A.L.A.4:17
Comin' For Datazz4:02

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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1993-12-22, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – noneUK1993UK1993
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994-03-08, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, Chrysalis – F2-28435US1994US1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994-03-08, VinylHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 1 1, ERG – 7243 8 28435 1 1UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, VinylHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – F1-28435, Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 1 1, ERG – F1-28435, ERG – 7243 8 28435 1 1
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    US1994US1994
    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – CDP-528435, Columbia House – CDP-528435US1994US1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – CTTC 38UK1994UK1994
    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – F4 28435, EMI – 7243 8 28435 4 2Canada1994Canada1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994-03-00, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – 7243 8 28435 2 8Europe1994Europe1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994-03-30, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – TOCP-8194Japan1994Japan1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – F2-28435, ERG – F2-28435US1994US1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994-03-00, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8Italy1994Italy1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – 7243 8 28435 2 8, Chrysalis – CTCD 38
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    Europe1994Europe1994
    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 4 2UK1994UK1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – F2 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – F2 7243 8 28435 2 8, EMI Music Canada – F2-28435
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    Canada1994Canada1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – 7243 8 28435 2 8UK1994UK1994
    Cover of Hard To Earn Instrumental, 1994, VinylHard To Earn Instrumental
    2×LP, Album
    Chrysalis – HTELP01, ERG – HTELP01UK1994UK1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994-03-08, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – F2-28435US1994US1994
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    Hard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – F4-528435, ERG – F4 528435Canada1994Canada1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – F4-528435, ERG – F4 528435US1994US1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 4 2, ERG – F4-28435US1994US1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, VinylHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 1 1, ERG – 7243 8 28435 1 1, Chrysalis – CTLP 38
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    UK1994UK1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 4 2, ERG – F4-28435US1994US1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – 7243 8 28435 2 8Europe1994Europe1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – F2-28435US1994US1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – noneJapan1994Japan1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1994, CassetteHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 4 2Italy1994Italy1994
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 1998-07-29, CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – TOCP-50630Japan1998Japan1998
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 2001, VinylHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 1 1, ERG – 7243 8 28435 1 1UK2001UK2001
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 2014, VinylHard To Earn
    2×LP, Album, Reissue
    180 Gram
    Virgin – B0021741-01US2014US2014
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, 2014-11-19, CDHard To Earn
    CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
    Virgin – UICY-76778Japan2014Japan2014
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    Cover of Hard To Earn Inst., , VinylHard To Earn Inst.
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    Not On Label (Gang Starr) – GSRLP-371USUS
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, , CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – 7243 8 28435 2 8EuropeEurope
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    Cover of Hard To Earn Inst., , VinylHard To Earn Inst.
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    Not On Label (Gang Starr) – GSRLP-371
    Cover of Hard To Earn, , CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – 7243 8 28435 2 8EuropeEurope
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, , CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8EuropeEurope
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, , CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – 7243 8 28435 2 8EuropeEurope
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    Cover of Hard To Earn, , CDHard To Earn
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    Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 2 8, ERG – 7243 8 28435 2 8EuropeEurope
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    • mdazzle1's avatar
      mdazzle1
      I have a brand new copy of this with two B records, no A record. Anyone have two A records and want to swap an A for a B?
      • faliko's avatar
        faliko
        Don´t be confused here: this is an unofficial pressing. Don't fall into the price-trap!
        • Mtache1212's avatar
          Mtache1212
          Respect the classics has always put a sour taste in my mouth and nothing has changed. But at least we have a re-release of this classic album that brings back high school vibes.. so for that we gotta show respect..
          • erzane's avatar
            erzane
            This LP is from '93. There is also a '93 UK demo release on Cooltempo.
            • phobixm1's avatar
              phobixm1
              My copy purchased July 2020 is perfect, no warp, sounds great
              • aurasty1's avatar
                aurasty1
                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's avatar
                  Knee_Deep
                  Is the version of Doe In Advance on this tape promo the original version (i.e. not the version released in Japan)?
                  • marcoprolo's avatar
                    marcoprolo
                    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's avatar
                      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's avatar
                        AT81
                        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 🙃

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