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Gang StarrHard To Earn

Label:Chrysalis – 7243 8 28435 1 1, ERG – 7243 8 28435 1 1
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK & Europe
Genre:Hip Hop


A1Intro (The First Step)0:54
A3Code Of The Streets3:29
A5Tonz 'O' Gunz3:55
B1The Planet5:16
B2Aiiight Chill...3:13
B3Speak Ya Clout
FeaturingJeru The Damaja, Lil Dap*
FeaturingNice & Smooth
C1Words From The Nutcracker1:29
C2Mass Appeal
BassJoe Quinde
C3Blowin' Up The Spot3:10
C4Suckas Need Bodyguards4:05
D1Now You're Mine2:55
D2Mostly Tha Voice3:38
FeaturingBig Shug
D4Comin' For Datazz4:02

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Track A4 "Brainstorm" not listed on the label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 7 24382 84351 1
  • Barcode (String): 724382843511
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 8288701 A-01-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 8288701 B-01-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): 8288711 C-01-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): 8288711 D-01-1-1 D

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Hard To Earn (Cassette, Promo)ChrysalisnoneUK1993
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Hard To Earn (CD, Album)Chrysalis, Chrysalis7243 8 28435 2 8, F2-28435US1994
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Hard To Earn (2×LP, Album, Stereo)Chrysalis, Chrysalis, ERG, ERGF1-28435, 7243 8 28435 1 1US1994
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Hard To Earn (CD, Album, Club Edition)Chrysalis, Columbia HouseCDP-528435US1994
Hard To Earn (Cassette, )ChrysalisCTTC 38UK1994


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.
DJDolo76's avatar
Might be the pinnacle of GangStarr Albums (with Daily Operation running a close second).