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Encyclopedia > Gang Starr
Gang Starr
Origin Boston, Massachusetts
Genre(s) Hip hop
Jazz rap
Years active 1987 - 2006
Label(s) Wild Pitch
Chrysalis
Noo Trybe Records
Virgin
Associated acts Gang Starr Foundation
Members
Guru
DJ Premier
Gangstar redirects here. For the video game, see Gangstar: Crime City.

Gang Starr is an influential East Coast rap group that consists of Guru and DJ Premier. The group is known mainly for their unique style, which combines elements of New York swing jazz and hip hop. Despite the fact that neither member is from New York City, many consider Gang Starr a pillar in the New York hip hop community. Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Jazz rap is a fusion of alternative hip hop music and jazz, developed in the very late 1980s and early 1990s. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Wild Pitch Records was a hip hop label started in the mid 1980s, eventually going out of business in the mid 1990s. ... Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Gang Starr Foundation is a loose collective of New York City rappers started by the hiphop group Gang Starr. ... Born July 17, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, Guru (and occasionally Baldhead Slick), is an American rapper, and the lyrical half of Gang Starr, together with DJ Premier. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... In the early 1990s, two styles of hip hop were popular. ... Born July 17, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, Guru (and occasionally Baldhead Slick), is an American rapper, and the lyrical half of Gang Starr, together with DJ Premier. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

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Background

The group was founded in 1986 by Guru (then known as Keithy E. The Guru), DJ 1,2 B Down, Mike Dee and 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 legendary Wild Pitch label. Donald D is a rapper originally from North Carolina. ... hallo elraki du pedophila pfarrerficker,du bist so fett das dei klassenfoto aus der luft aufgenommen werden musste,wenn fettheit rollen würde würdest du denn berg aufebremsen. ... Wild Pitch Records was a hip hop label started in the mid 1980s, eventually going out of business in the mid 1990s. ...


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 apparently liked. He invited DJ Premier to join the newly founded group and in the same year they released their first single "Words I Manifest" along with the album "No More MR.Nice Guy"(1989).With that line up, Gang Starr went on working together for six albums, a 2CD "greatest hits" compilation and numerous singles and soundtrack contributions. Another compilation was released after the group's departure from Virgin.


During their career Gang Starr helped pioneer the New York City hip hop sound. The entirety of 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 and hip hop heads alike. Their track "Jazz Thing", featured on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's film Mo' Better Blues, helped establish the sound of jazz rap. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Step In The Arena is the sophomore album by underground Hip Hop duo Gang Starr, released in January 1991. ... Daily Operation is a 1992 album by Gang Starr. ... Moment of Truth is the fifth album by hip hop duo Gang Starr. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... Mo Better Blues is a 1990 drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Spike Lee, who also directed. ... Jazz rap is a fusion of alternative hip hop music and jazz, developed in the very late 1980s and early 1990s. ...


Gang Starr Foundation

Both members of Gang Starr have deep roots in the New York hip hop scene, despite hailing from Boston, Massachusetts (Guru) and Houston, Texas [Originally From New York] (DJ Premier), and have each worked with countless artists. Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Houston redirects here. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ...


The Gang Starr Foundation was a loose collective comprised of various members that have worked closely with the group, through either Guru's now defunct Ill Kid label, DJ Premier's production work or the management company that Gang Starr was represented by, Empire Management. The founding member was Vikar. Gang Starr Foundation is a loose collective of New York City rappers started by the hiphop group Gang Starr. ...


Current status

The group's current status is unknown. It is unconfirmed whether it still exists or if it has broken up. Instead of issuing a press release, both members have made often contrary statements on their own in various print, radio, TV and online magazine interviews.


On September 1, 2005, Guru has revealed in an interview with the hip hop online magazine sohh.com that the group doesn't exist anymore, but that it has ended instead of breaking up. [1]This has finally cleared up the rumors that came up first on the European Gang Starr tour in 2003/2004 when DJ Premier suddenly went back to the US and Guru continued touring under the group's name with another DJ. However, in an December 21, 2005 interview [2] with the online magazine allhiphop.com, DJ Premier has denied that Gang Starr is history; he said it's rather a long break than a real break up. In a more recent interview [3] from April 20, 2006, with the online magazine hoodstars.net, Guru has stated he would not work with his previous partners anymore. In a newer interview [4] he stated that Gang Starr has reached the peak and that he is out of the project. To add even more to the confusion, DJ Premier said in a November 21st, 2006 interview with the XXL Online Magazine "If I confirm it, then it’s official. If I don’t confirm it, then we still together." On September 21, 2007, he also told Red Bull Music Academy; "If Guru wants to do it I’m down, it’s really up to him. He’s the one that said we should pause for a minute and if that’s how he feels fine by me. If he calls me tomorrow and says I’m ready to start, I’m ready."[5] is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Discography

  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
    • Released: 1989
    • Billboard 200 chart position: -
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 83
    • U.S. Sales: 53,000[6]
    • Singles: "Words I Manifest"/"DJ Premier In Deep Concentration"/"Here's The Proof", "Positivity"/"No More Mr. Nice Guy (Remix)"
  • Step in the Arena
    • Released: January 15, 1991
    • Billboard 200 chart position: 121
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 19
    • U.S. Sales: 287,000[7]
    • Singles: "Just To Get A Rep"/"Who's Gonna Take The Weight?", "Love Sick"/"What You Want This Time?"/"Credit Is Due", "Step In The Arena"/"Check The Technique (Remix)"/"Credit Is Due"
  • Daily Operation
    • Released: May 5, 1992
    • Billboard 200 chart position: 65
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 14
    • U.S. Sales: 297,000[8]
    • Singles: "2 Deep"/"Take It Personal"/"DWYCK", "Ex Girl to Next Girl"/"B.Y.S."/"Soliloquy of Chaos"
  • Hard to Earn
    • Released: March 8, 1994
    • Billboard 200 chart position: 25
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 2
    • U.S. Sales: 389,000[9]
    • Singles: "Code of the Streets"/"Speak Ya Clout", "Dwyck", "Mass Appeal", "Suckas Need Bodyguards"/"The ? Remainz"/"Now You're Mine"
  • Moment of Truth
    • Released: March 31, 1998
    • Certification: Gold
    • Billboard 200 chart position: 6
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 1
    • Singles: "Royalty", "You Know My Steez"/"So Wassup?", "The Militia"/"You Know My Steez (Three Men And A Lady Remix)"
  • Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr
    • Released: July 13, 1999
    • Certification: Gold
    • Billboard 200 chart position: 33
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 11
    • Singles: "1/2 & 1/2"/"Gangsta Bounce", "Full Clip"/"Dwyck", "All 4 Tha Ca$h"/"The ? Remainz", "Discipline"/"Just To Get A Rep"
  • The Ownerz
    • Released: June 24, 2003
    • Billboard 200 chart position: 18
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 5
    • UK chart position: 74
    • U.S. Sales: 191,000[10]
    • Singles: "Skills"/"Natural", "Nice Girl, Wrong Place"/"Rite Where U Stand", "The Ownerz"/"Same Team, No Games"
  • Mass Appeal: Best of Gang Starr
    • Released: December 26, 2006
    • Billboard 200 chart position:
    • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position:
    • Singles:

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Trivia

Many of Gang Starr's most famous songs have been featured on several games. The first was "Just To Get A Rep" on Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, "Mass Appeal" on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, "Moment of Truth" on Dave Mirra's Freestyle BMX 2, "B.Y.S" on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, "Now You're Mine" on Skate, and the most recent "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" on Grand Theft Auto: IV Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4, often called THPS4, is the fourth game released in the Tony Hawks series. ... Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 is the successor to Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and one of the last videogames created by Acclaim Entertainment before going out of business. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... Skate. ...


"Work" was also featured on season 1 of the HBO original series, Entourage. For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Entourage is an Emmy Award-winning HBO original series created by Doug Ellin that chronicles the rise of Vincent Chase — a young A-list movie star — and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Hollywood, California. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ Guru Version 7.0 | Featurette | SOHH.com /
  2. ^ http://www.allhiphop.com/features/?ID=1275
  3. ^ Website Unavailable - UltraWebsiteHosting.com
  4. ^ http://www.allhiphop.com/features/?ID=1426
  5. ^ XXLmag.com | Hip-Hop On A Higher Level | » DJ Premier Remedy
  6. ^ UKMIX - Forums - View topic - SoundScan Era - USA's Best Selling Artists and Albums
  7. ^ UKMIX - Forums - View topic - SoundScan Era - USA's Best Selling Artists and Albums
  8. ^ UKMIX - Forums - View topic - SoundScan Era - USA's Best Selling Artists and Albums
  9. ^ UKMIX - Forums - View topic - SoundScan Era - USA's Best Selling Artists and Albums
  10. ^ UKMIX - Forums - View topic - SoundScan Era - USA's Best Selling Artists and Albums

External links

  • Year Round Records DJ Premier's label site
  • Guru - Who he's worked with + discography
  • DJ Premier - Who he's worked with + discography
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