Saturday, September 13, 2008

690. Gang Starr - Step In The Arena (1991)

Track Listing

1. Name Tag (Premier And The Guru)
2. Step In The Arena
3. Form Of Intellect
4. Execution Of A Chump No More Mr Nice Guy
5. Who's Gonna Take The Weight
6. Beyond Comprehension
7. Check The Technique
8. Lovesick
9. Here Today Gone Tomorrow
10. Game Plan
11. Take A Rest
12. What You Want This Time
13. Street Ministry
14. Just To Get A Rep
15. Say Your Prayers
16. As I Read My S A
17. Precisely The Right Rhymes
18. Meaning Of The Name


Humm, this is a strange hip-hop album, I don't dislike it in any particular way, there are plenty of things I like, but in the end it didn't make that strong of an impression.

That is probably a result of one of the good points of the album, it is quite quiet. There is none of the boisterous nature of Public Enemy or the sense of fun of De La Soul or Tribe, it just goes along, admitedly using very good samples, mostly taken from Jazz.

So yeah, it is perfectly good, I wouldn't mind listening to it again in the future, but I don't know that I would ever go out of my way to put this on for me to listen to.

Track Highlights

1. Form Of Intellect
2. Beyond Comprehension
3. Step In The Arena
4. Just To Get a Rep

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

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.
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.

Form Of Intellect:

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