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Gang Starr

Formed: 1988 in Brooklyn, NY
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Genre: R&B, Rap
Group Members: Guru, DJ Premier
Biography: The most influential MC-and-DJ tandem of the 1990s, Gang Starr set new standards for East Coast rap with a pair of early-'90s touchstones, Step in the Arena (1991) and Daily Operation (1992), whose appeal has only grown over the decades. Beginning with these classic releases, both listeners and critics ...Read full biography
Daily Operation
Released: 1992
Label: EMI
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On Step in the Arena, DJ Premier and Guru hit upon their mature sound, characterized by sparse, live jazz samples, Premier's cut-up scratching, and Guru's direct, unwavering streetwise monotone; but, with ...Read full review
Step In The Arena
Released: 1991
Label: EMI
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The album on which DJ Premier and Guru perfected the template that would launch them into underground stardom and a modicum of mainstream success. Guru's deadpan monotone delivery was shockingly different ...Read full review