Gang Starr - The Ownerz - 3x LP Vinyl

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The Ownerz
Gang Starr
12" Vinyl


2015 reissue, originally released in 2003. Quite a few chart-topping rappers came and went during the five years between Gang Starr's fifth and sixth LPs. So many, in fact, that it's tempting to think that commercial rap had taken a turn for the worse simply because the duo hadn't been back to tend the fires since 1998. Angry and intelligent as they'd ever been, Guru and DJ Premier came right back with guns blazing, ridiculing radio DJs and program directors as "f*cking robots" and proving their case with an album full of tough, kinetic hip-hop that blows away anything on the rap charts. Guru, never the most talented rapper on the East Coast, tightened his flow considerably to match his cutting verse, and DJ Premier only continued waxing lyrical with turntables and samplers. (Compared to his outside productions during the interim, it's clear he was holding back for Gang Starr a few can't-miss productions: "Put Up or Shut Up," "Skillz," the title track.) Guru's wordplay and imagery are vivid, whether he's relating yet another inner-city tale ("Sabotage"), excoriating the record industry ("Deadly Habitz"), or casually making a play for a girl ("Nice Girl, Wrong Place"). All the Gang Starr trademarks are in place, from Premier's perfect upchoruses to Guru's reedy voice cutting or instructing, and sounding better than ever.
A1 Intro (HQ, Goo, Panch) 0:46
A2 Put Up Or Shut Up 3:15
A3 Werdz From The Ghetto Child 1:09
A4 Sabotage 2:22
A5 Rite Where U Stand 3:37
B1 Skills 3:17
B2 Deadly Habitz 4:12
B3 Nice Girl, Wrong Place 3:32
C1 Peace Of Mine 3:01
C2 Who Got Gunz 3:36
C3 Capture (Militia Pt. 3) 3:23
D1 Playtawin 3:11
D2 Riot Akt 4:04
D3 (Hiney) 1:31
D4 Same Team, No Games 3:44
E1 In This Life... 3:03
E2 The Ownerz 2:57
E3 Zonin' 2:54
E4 Eulogy 2:54