Louder (Blast Your Radio Theme) – Jaylib

Some new Jaylib (Jay Dee & Madlib) Louder (Blast Your Radio Theme) off of Madlib’s new album Madlib Medicine Show #11: Low Budget High Fi Music

Louder (Blast Your Radio Theme) – Jaylib

From The Street – Freeway & Statik Selektah Feat. Lil Fame & Termanology

Some dope new music from the StatikFree EP that the duo recorded live on Ustream yesterday, From The Street featuring Lil Fame & Termanology.

I watched these brothers record this less than 24 hours ago, now it’s on my ipod, technology is a muhfugga.

From The Street – Freeway & Statik Selektah Feat. Lil Fame & Termanology

You See It – Wais P

Some new fire from Wais P from The Ranjahz, You See It produced by DJ Premier off of Wais’ upcoming album Pimpin Saved My Life.

You See It – Wais P

Gang Starr Foundation Joints and other Rarities

The Gang Starr Foundation consisted of Gang Starr members DJ Premier & Guru plus alot of the other artists they frequently collaborated with throughout the 90’s and beyond.  Such acts included Big Shug, Afu-Ra, Group Home, Krumb Snatcha, H Stax, Jeru Da Damaja, NYG’z, Freddie Foxxx & M.O.P.

First up is Serious Rap Shit by Group Home featuring Guru & Big Shug, this joint was actually produced by Guru himself.

Serious Rap Shit – Group Home Feat. Guru & Big Shug

The Piece Maker was actually taken from Tony Touch’s classic album of the same title.  This joint I remember was at the begining of the tape and really set the tone for the rest of Tony Toca’s album, if your not familiar with the Piece Maker go get that.

The Piece Maker – Gang Starr & Tony Touch

Salute Part 2 is a dope song off of First Family 4 Life which featured Guru & Premier.

Salute Part 2 – M.O.P. Feat Gang Starr

Incredible was yet another dope collaboration between KS and Gang Starr off of Krumb’s album Respect All Fear None.

Incredible – Krumb Snatcha Feat. Gang Starr

This joint was labeled as a Gang Starr Freestyle on Funk Flex’s 60 Minutes of Funk Vol. 3 this is just some classic Gang Starr enjoy.

Funkmaster Flex Freestyle – Gang Starr

Counter Punch taken from original Gang Starr member and Boston general Big Shug’s album Who’s Hard?  is one of the last songs which coupled Guru over some DJ Premier production.

Counter Punch – Big Shug Feat. Gang Starr

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.

Forever and Always – M.O.P.

M.O.P.‘s The Foundation is the groups first official album in 9 years, which is crazy considering how active the duo has been over the past decade.  (see industry rule 4080)  Forever & Always teams the Brownsvillains up with Statik Selektah for his nostalgic production.  Foundation is due 9-15-09

Forever and Always – M.O.P.

Steadfast Opening for M.O.P. in Boston

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Damn! It seems like Social Light Sounds is heavily on their grind as of late, with Nite People opening for El-P and Steadfast opening for the classic crime duo M.O.P. I remember just last week Yohon was telling me about the time Steadfast came down to 91.3 and was freestyling off the dome for like 20 mins straight! You gotta respect that, show support for some real Hip-Hop and cop a ticket!