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Gang StarrStep In The Arena

Label:Chrysalis – F1 21798
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Conscious, Boom Bap

Tracklist

A1Name Tag (Premier & The Guru)0:36
A2Step In The Arena3:36
A3Form Of Intellect3:37
A4Execution Of A Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2)
PianoLisle Lette*
2:39
A5Who's Gonna Take The Weight?3:54
A6Beyond Comprehension3:10
A7Check The Technique3:55
A8Lovesick3:22
A9Here Today, Gone Tomorrow2:16
B1Game Plan1:06
B2Take A Rest4:18
B3What You Want This Time?2:39
B4Street Ministry1:21
B5Just To Get A Rep2:39
B6Say Your Prayers1:20
B7As I Read My S-A2:35
B8Precisely The Right Rhymes3:22
B9The Meaning Of The Name2:53
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All songs recorded at Calliope Productions - New York, NY, except for
What Do You Want This Time, Just to Get A Rep, Street Ministry and Say Your Prayers recorded at Firehouse Studio, Brooklyn, NY.
Form Of Intellect, Precisely The Right Rhymes and The Meaning Of The Name recorded at Such A Sound Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

Direct Metal Mastering (DMM).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 9463-21798-1 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 094632179814
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): F1 21798 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): F1 21798 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): MASTERDISK DMM F1-21798-A5 DMM SP 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): MASTERDISK F1-21798-B5 DMM SP 1-2
  • Pressing Plant ID (In runouts): SP
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 51)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Step In The Arena (CD, Album)ChrysalisF2 21798US1990
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Step In The Arena (LP, Album)Chrysalis0946 3 21798 1 4Europe1990
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Step In The Arena (LP, Album)Cooltempo1C 064 - 3 21798 1Germany1990
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Step In The Arena (Cassette, Album)ChrysalisF4 21798US1990
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Step In The Arena (Instrumentals) (LP, Promo, White Label)ChrysalisGS 21798US1990

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DomCasual's avatar
DomCasual
Edited 11 years ago
Wow, no comments on this impeccable release, is the honor really all mine? I can remember the day and even where in the store I first found my copy of this album. This is the first real Gang Starr album, as "No More Mr. Nice Guy" was more a haphazard collection of various material, some not even recorded together. This record clearly had a mission, and was conceived much moreso as a whole. In other words, the magic between Guru and Premier really gelled right here. Here, in my opinion, is also where you can really see Primo's production style come to fruition, although he'd already had credits such as with Lord Finesse. Just with the intro of "Name Tag", the setting of mood with a simple chopped loop as an introduction is classic Gang Starr, and really feels different for the time period. The tempos are not as aggressive as on "No More Mr. Nice Guy" but still several tracks keep it moving as it was 1990, but most notably the attack is far more focused. Tracks like "Just To Get A Rep," "As I Read My S-A," "Step In The Arena," and the still-ripping "Check The Technique" show that this newly-reformulated crew was not messing around. The heads nod, the lyrics kick, and the beats (many of which became iconic) are just beautiful in their efficiency. I believe most people check in on this group with the next album and its more intense, slower wordplay and Gang Starr Foundation guest stars, but overlooking "Step In The Arena" would be a huge mistake. This is the essential place to start in learning about this monstrously influential and just downright professional rap group.