Though Gang Starr got their start in 1987, Guru and DJ Premier released their first game changing album in 1993, Jazzmatazz Vol. 1. It was the first in a series and critically acclaimed for successfully bridging that gap between eras of music with...
15 must-have songs that define the duo's lasting legacy.
The pioneering Gang Starr rapper died three years ago today.
The opening bars of this song from funk group Skull Snaps' self-titled 1974 album provided hard-as-nails drums for Pharcyde's "Passin' Me By," Gang Starr's "Take It Personal," Diamond D's "Sally Got a One-Track Mind" and other unforgettable rap br...
The sparse, muscular drum and piano intro to this hard Joe Tex groove was famously jacked by EPMD for their "Jane" series, as well as bangers by Gang Starr, N.W.A and others.
(photo: Atlantic Records)
Gang Starr lamented the ubiquity of guns on this banger from their 1994 album Hard to Earn. "Tons o' gunz real easy to get, tons o' gunz bringing nothing but death," Guru monotoned.
(Photo: Courtesy Virgin Records)