Gang Starr Jazz Thing With the original UK 7” of this release now as rare as hen’s teeth, and with the group having recently ‘reformed’ for one last album together, the Mr Bongo replica re-release of this 1990 masterpiece by Gang Starr couldn’t be more timely. The now-legendary duo of DJ Premier and Guru dropped this at the height of hip-hop’s sampling of jazz, which had led to a creative leap forward for the genre. Yet while others plundered in the dark, this instant classic wore its influences on its sleeve and paid verbal homage to the musicians they were sampling. The “melodious funk” of “Thelonious Monk” gets namechecked, while the track samples two of his records, including 1958’s Bop gem ‘Light Blue’. While both versions presented here have common elements, the ‘Movie Mix’ – so-named for the song’s appearance on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s mythic jazz biopic ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ – goes in a few different directions to the ‘Video Mix’. Rather than just drop in an instrumental for the B-side, DJ Premier instead shows his versatility by switching up the base track (Kool & The Gang’s 1971 ‘Dujii’) and layering in other samples. In more ways than one, his virtuosity here echoes the improvisation of a jazz musician, akin to Denzel Washington’s Bleak in the movie. Of course, he’s not the only show in town. The late Guru’s voice is as mellifluous as an instrument itself here, his potted history of the genre and the artists of jazz delivered with his own unmistakable cadence. Without this record, would he have gone on to make his ‘Jazzmatazz’ projects. Mr Bongo 7"
Gang Starr Full Clip / DWYCK It’s time for that street knowledge, an education in the OG’s. Next up Gang Starr providing the heat with two legendary bombs from the ‘90s, ‘Full Clip’ and ‘DWYCK’ never before released on 7”…. East Coast biz. Street Knowledge 7"
Gang Starr Step In The Arena Double LP on 180g black vinyl. Step in the Arena is the second studio album by hip hop duo Gang Starr, printed as a 1990 release and commercially released on January 15, 1991. The album received critical acclaim and was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The Source magazine stated: “Step in the Arena stands alone on a musical level, yet it also remains true to hip-hop’s underground heritage.” In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Hip Hop Albums. UMC LP
Gang Starr One Of The Best Yet Gang Starr is undoubtedly one of the most revered, beloved and influential groups in Hip Hop. Over the course of their distinguished career, they became a cultural institution and a brand you could ultimately trust. With a handful of indelible classic albums on their resume, DJ Premier and Guru’s catalogue has not only persevered but mastered the test of time. Simply, Gang Starr did not follow trends, they created them. Album includes guest spots from: M.O.P / Q-Tip / Royce da 5’9” / Jeru The Damaja / J. Cole Ne-Yo / Nitty Scott / Talib Kweli / Big Shug / Freddie Foxxx Gang Star Enterprises CD | LP
Gang Starr Step In The Arena A good 14 years old so far, it just keeps on giving... Guru and Premier delivered a superb album from start to finish, with skillfully crafted beats and loops and lyrical mastery throughout. Features classic moments such as 'Step In The Arena', 'Just To Get A Rep', 'As I Read My S.A.', 'Check The Technique' and loads more... Double vinyl too to retain all the ruggedness of the original. Essential. (NB) Chrysalis LP Out of Stock
Gang Starr Daily Operation Third album from Gangstarr on double LP in a 3D lenticular sleeve! While most groups fall off on their third album, this wasn't the case at all with Gang Starr’s 1992 masterwork Daily Operation. Guru continued to deliver intellectual hardcore, mixing deft rhymes with serious beatology while Premier mines the jazz vaults, uncovering some seriously dusty grooves - resulting in some of the best minimalist hip-hop to ever be committed to wax. Virgin LP Out of Stock
Cymande / Gang Starr / Originals Bra / Movin' On Side A needs no introducing – classic break from Cymande’s 1972 debut self titled album sampled many times. Here we feature Gang Starr’s Movin’ On - their first ever 12” never appearing on any of their albums and certainly never before on a 45…until now! Tribute to the late great Guru (R.I.P.) Originals 7" Out of Stock
Maceo & The Macks / Gang Starr / Originals Parrty / Who's Gonna Take The Weight If ever two tracks were made for this label then these are it – you are gonna need doubles of this – Primo tears shit up on the classic Who’s Gonna Take The Weight which rips Maceo’s Parrty to pieces! “Guru with the mike and Premier is the anchor! Originals 7" Out of Stock