Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal

Gang Starr is the quintessential Hip-Hop group, one MC and one DJ.  Dropping six classic albums over 15 years DJ Premier & Guru (gifted unlimited rhymes universal) are Hip-Hop icons.  News came out yesterday (2-28-10) that Guru suffered a heart attack and is currently in a coma, our thoughts and prayers go out to Guru (Keith Elam) and his family.

“The DJ’s name is Premier and I’m the Guru”

The duo kicked things off  in 89′ with No More Mr. Nice Guy  production was handled by Premier, Guru & the 45 King.  Singles like Manifest along with Positivity established the group as more than just one hit wonder’s.

 “Some might say that he’s a dummy, but he’s stickin you and taking all your money”

1991’s Step in The Arena produced entirely by Guru & Premier featured hip-hop classics like, Who’s gonna Take the Weight? Lovesick, Step in the Arena, Check the TechniqueJust to Get a Rep.

Denzel Washington, Wesley SnipesSpike Lee teamed up for the film Mo Betta Blues in 91′ the soundtrack featured Gang Starr’s Jazz Thing.  Being a Jazz head this joint always had me bugging, especially when Guru speaks on Bebop.

 “I be wreckin correct and on the Gang Starr tip, Mc’s who front I’m gonna bust yo shit”

In 1992 Gang Starr dropped Daily Operation this is when shit got real, it was the true introduction of the Gang Starr Foundation with appearances from Jeru the Damaja & Group Home’s Lil Dap.  Daily Operation kicked down doors and is widely considered to be Gang Starr’s first classic LP with tracks like The Place where we Dwell, 2 Deep, B.Y.S. Take it Personal, I’m The Man and Ex Girl to Next Girl.

 “Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis”

1994’s Hard to Earn was an even bigger success than any of Gang Starr’s previous releases with songs like Mass Appeal, Now You re Mine, Tonz of Gunz, Code of the Streets, The Planet & DWYCK featuring Nice & Smooth.

 “So you know the rhyme style is elevated
 The style of beats is elevated, but it’s still Guru and Premier.”

Moment of Truth to me is Gang Starr’s finest work, and is honestly in my top ten albums all time.  The duo collaborated with Hip-Hop Heavyweights Scarface, Wu-Tang’s Inspectah Deck, M.O.P. Freddie Foxx, K-Ci & JoJo not to mention Gang Starr Foundation members Krumbsnatcha, H Stax & Big Shug for the album.

 “you know the god must bless every single mic he touches”

Full Clip was a Gang Starr greatest hits collection that highlighted some of the duo’s  finest moments as well as a few surprises in Discipline, All 4 The Cash & Full Clip.

 “It’s the true & living with a youthful vengeance”

2003 saw the release of Gang Starr’s most recent chapter The Ownerz led by Who Got Gunz, Skills, Nice Girl Wrong Place, Riot Akt & Rite Where U Stand.

Guru put in work to say the least, he released seven solo LPs  including  four critically acclaimed Jazzmatazz albums which fused Jazz & Hip-hop with the help of other Jazz and R&B musicians.

Nobody’s Smilin – Termanology

Nobody’s Smilin produced by Statik Selektah is the first single off of Termanology’s upcoming Time Machine (Hood Politics 6) dropping September 22nd.  Here is the tracklisting for Termanologys newest Hood Politics.
 
1. Nobody’s Smilin (prod. by Statik Selektah)
2. Brown Paper Bag (prod. by Don Cannon)
3. Stick Up feat. Sheek Louch & Quest Tha Young’n (prod. by Vinny Idol)
4. Time Machine feat. Reks (prod. by The Large Professor)
5. Wild Puerto Ricans feat. Tony Touch & Ea$y Money (prod. by Shortfyuz)
6. Forever feat. Superstah Snuk (prod. by Shortfyuz)
7. My Boston feat. Singapore Kane & Big Shug (prod. by DJ Premier) http://hulkhatetimetravel.com/2008/12/07/my-boston-big-shug/
8. Hold That (prod. by Pete Rock)
9. Its A Shame feat. Joell Ortiz (prod. by Statik Selektah)
10. Gods World (prod. by M Will The Shogun/additional production by Paul Thompson)
11. Music Industry (remix) feat. Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, Akrobatik & Consequence (prod. by Fizzy “Fame” Womack)
12. Passion Iz Money feat. Lil Fame of M.O.P. & Quest Tha Young’n (prod. by Shortfyuz)
13. Bout To Go Down feat. Superstah Snuk & H Blanco (prod. by Shortfyuz)
14. Nothing Iz Real (prod. by M Will The Shogun)
15. Good Day feat. Ghetto & Hectic (prod. by MoSS)
16. I See Dead People (prod. by The Alchemist)

Download/Stream–> http://www.zshare.net/audio/6297329563bece3a/

Livin’ Proof – Group Home

Bring the fake to Reality, and make them Pay

Group Home (Lil Dap + Melachi the Nutcracker) released their debut album Livin’ Proof in 1995, the album is almost entirely produced by Dj Premier.  Most every rap critic would tell you that this is one of Primo’s greatest works but it lacks substance due to Dap and Melachi’s rhymes, well fuck that.  True the Mc’s kept the lyrics simple at times, but in this case it’s just what the doctor ordered, these two simply told it as it was at the time, I believe the popular phrase among hip-hoppers was “Keeping it Real”  Anyway if you ever do see this record, cop it, because it truly is a classic so don’t sleep! Below are the three video’s Group Home released from this album.

      

My Boston – Big Shug

My Boston is produced by the legendary Dj Premier, boasts additional verses by Singapore Kane & Termanology and has Big Shug singing on the hook as he has been doing more and more as of late.   This is no doubt a constant head-nodding track by the Gangstarr foundation representative.  This is off of Big Shug’s third solo album  Otherside of the Game which was released in November, put them 3’s up.  Download/Stream–>http://www.zshare.net/audio/629738633989f112/