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Step in the Arena
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Album: Step in the Arena
# Song Title   Time
1)    Name Tag (Premier & the Guru) More Info...
2)    Step in the Arena More Info... 0:03
3)    Form of Intellect More Info... 0:03
4)    Execution of a Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt.2) More Info... 0:02
5)    Who's Gonna Take The Weight? More Info... 0:04
6)    Beyond Comprehension More Info... 0:03
7)    Check the Technique More Info... 0:04
8)    Love Sick More Info... 0:03
9)    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow More Info... 0:02
10)    Game Plan More Info... 0:01
11)    Take a Rest More Info... 0:04
12)    What You Want This Time? More Info... 0:02
13)    Street Ministry More Info... 0:01
14)    Just to Get a Rep More Info... 0:02
15)    Say Your Prayers More Info... 0:01
16)    As I Read My S-a More Info... 0:03
17)    Precisely the Right Rhymes More Info... 0:03
18)    The Meaning of the Name More Info... 0:03
 

Album: Step in the Arena
# Song Title   Time
1)    Name Tag (Premier & the Guru) More Info...
2)    Step in the Arena More Info... 0:03
3)    Form of Intellect More Info... 0:03
4)    Execution of a Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt.2) More Info... 0:02
5)    Who's Gonna Take The Weight? More Info... 0:04
6)    Beyond Comprehension More Info... 0:03
7)    Check the Technique More Info... 0:04
8)    Love Sick More Info... 0:03
9)    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow More Info... 0:02
10)    Game Plan More Info... 0:01
11)    Take a Rest More Info... 0:04
12)    What You Want This Time? More Info... 0:02
13)    Street Ministry More Info... 0:01
14)    Just to Get a Rep More Info... 0:02
15)    Say Your Prayers More Info... 0:01
16)    As I Read My S-a More Info... 0:03
17)    Precisely the Right Rhymes More Info... 0:03
18)    The Meaning of the Name More Info... 0:03
 
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Performer Notes
  • Gang Starr: Guru (vocals); DJ Premier (DJ).
  • Additional personnel: Lisle Leete (piano).
  • Recorded at Calliope Productions, New York, Firehouse Studios and Such-A-Sound Studio, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Reflecting the combination of inner-city upbringing and college education which both members share, Gang Starr manages to attain the perfect balance of intellect and street credibility; harder than so-called hard-core, more experimental than "experimental hip-hop" and funkier than 99.9 percent of mainstream rap's party jam output. In a culture based on battles and an industry known for feuds and ego-clashes, Gang Starr is perhaps the only outfit to command respect from every corner of the hip-hop spectrum. Individually or as a unit, Guru & Premier have collaborated with "alternative" hip-hop crews (De La Soul, Digable Planets, Dream Warriors), jazz artists (Donald Byrd, Branford Marsalis) R&B stars (Janet Jackson, K-Ci & Jo-Jo) and hard-core MC's (KRS ONE, M.O.P., Notorious B.I.G) without ever compromising their cult status in the underground.
  • Their second album STEP IN THE ARENA is the release that truly put the duo on map after "Manifest" and "Jazz Thing" first garnered public attention. In addition to pioneering the incorporation of jazz samples into the hip-hop canon of funk & soul drum breaks, this record witnessed DJ Premier single-handedly lifting the orchestration of turntable cuts to the level of a jazz soloist improvising on another musician's phrase.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (1/25/91) - "..busts rhythms that boast without resorting to misogyny and profanity. And their lazy backbeats and playful brass flourishes serve as a backdrop not only for humour..but even wisdom." - Rating: B
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