Gang Starr’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Reviewed Gang Starr’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Reviewed Gang Starr No More Mr. Nice Guy Wild Pitch Records j3 says: I always had a keen ear for Gang Starr’s music, but somehow through the years, No More Mr. Nice Guy escaped me. Likely it was the jump they made to Chrysalis Records a year later that left their sole record for Wild Pitch the odd man out that very will hear. And it sounds very much ancient history upon pressing play. Guru, as the… View On WordPress

Gang Starr’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Reviewed

Gang Starr’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Reviewed

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Gang Starr
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Wild Pitch Records

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I always had a keen ear for Gang Starr’s music, but somehow through the years, No More Mr. Nice Guy escaped me. Likely it was the jump they made to Chrysalis Records a year later that left their sole record for Wild Pitch the odd man out that very will hear. And it sounds very much ancient history upon pressing play. Guru, as the…

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04.18.2014

Harry Elam, Jr., Harry Elam, Sr., Keith Elam (Guru), 1970. Cape Cod. Damn, man.
LINK: Fat Lace’s Tribute to Early Gang Starr LINK: Fat Lace’s Tribute to Early Gang Starr Elsewhere on the interweb, Fat Laces posted up an excellent tribute to the earliest roots of Gang Starr…when it was a pre-Primo trio from Boston. Honestly, I knew nothing of this until this week which instantly makes me feel like I’m not the head that I profess to be. Respect to the folks at Fat Laces for their studious work in drumming up these old gems. FAT LACES ARTICLE HERE View On WordPress

LINK: Fat Lace’s Tribute to Early Gang Starr

LINK: Fat Lace’s Tribute to Early Gang Starr

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Elsewhere on the interweb, Fat Laces posted up an excellent tribute to the earliest roots of Gang Starr…when it was a pre-Primo trio from Boston. Honestly, I knew nothing of this until this week which instantly makes me feel like I’m not the head that I profess to be. Respect to the folks at Fat Laces for their studious work in drumming up these old gems.

FAT LACES ARTICLE HERE

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04.16.2014
The Breaks: Charlie Parker’s “A Night in Tunisia” The Breaks: Charlie Parker’s “A Night in Tunisia” There’s no denying Premier’s affinity for jazz and this is a telling example. Taking the signature samba intro to the Gillespie composition “A Night in Tunisia,” the piano and bass phrasing provides the perfect bed for which Premier can build his composition. Charlie Parker’s “A Night in Tunisia” (Dial, 1946) Gang Starr’s “Words I… View On WordPress

The Breaks: Charlie Parker’s “A Night in Tunisia”

The Breaks: Charlie Parker’s “A Night in Tunisia”

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There’s no denying Premier’s affinity for jazz and this is a telling example. Taking the signature samba intro to the Gillespie composition “A Night in Tunisia,” the piano and bass phrasing provides the perfect bed for which Premier can build his composition.

Charlie Parker’s “A Night in Tunisia” (Dial, 1946)

Gang Starr’s “Words I…

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This the Post That I Manifest: A Week With Gang Starr’s Debut This the Post That I Manifest: A Week With Gang Starr’s Debut From the first time I heard Gang Starr, I’ve realized how talented DJ Premier is and how talented Guru is not. It’s always been evident to me. Maybe not coincidentally, Premier was one of the most sought after DJ’s back in the day doing mad remixes and guest spots and, lucky him, because without those opportunities, I’m not sure if Gang Starr alone was going to propel him to the legendary status… View On WordPress

This the Post That I Manifest: A Week With Gang Starr’s Debut

This the Post That I Manifest: A Week With Gang Starr’s Debut

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stussy-yo-mtv-raps-gang-starr-376x464From the first time I heard Gang Starr, I’ve realized how talented DJ Premier is and how talented Guru is not. It’s always been evident to me. Maybe not coincidentally, Premier was one of the most sought after DJ’s back in the day doing mad remixes and guest spots and, lucky him, because without those opportunities, I’m not sure if Gang Starr alone was going to propel him to the legendary status…

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Ultimate Force’s “I’m Not Playin’” Reviewed Ultimate Force’s “I’m Not Playin’” Reviewed Ultimate Force I’m Not Playin’ Strong City/Traffic Records (Recorded 1989/Released 2007) j3 says: Every generation, every genre, every scene has their overlooked and under-appreciated. In some cases, even the unheard. Such is the case with Ultimate Force’s I’m Not Playin’. Perhaps Ultimate Force’s problem was a lack of differentiation, where hip hop duos were dime-a-dozen and, without a key single… View On WordPress

Ultimate Force’s “I’m Not Playin’” Reviewed

Ultimate Force’s “I’m Not Playin’” Reviewed

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Ultimate Force
I’m Not Playin’
Strong City/Traffic Records (Recorded 1989/Released 2007)

j3 says:

Every generation, every genre, every scene has their overlooked and under-appreciated. In some cases, even the unheard. Such is the case with Ultimate Force’s I’m Not Playin’. Perhaps Ultimate Force’s problem was a lack of differentiation, where hip hop duos were dime-a-dozen and, without a key single…

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The Breaks: Albert King’s “Cold Feet” The Breaks: Albert King’s “Cold Feet” One example of what dirty ol’ blues sound like in the hands of a master beatmaker. Diamond D’s crafty reworking of Albert King’s “Cold Feet” is nothing short of magnificent. “I’m Not Playin’” employs at least five different licks or distinct samples from “Cold Feet” all connected and woven together to provide an undeniably slick-as-hell bed of guitars for the title track and, notably, the only… View On WordPress

The Breaks: Albert King’s “Cold Feet”

The Breaks: Albert King’s “Cold Feet”

One example of what dirty ol’ blues sound like in the hands of a master beatmaker. Diamond D’s crafty reworking of Albert King’s “Cold Feet” is nothing short of magnificent. “I’m Not Playin’” employs at least five different licks or distinct samples from “Cold Feet” all connected and woven together to provide an undeniably slick-as-hell bed of guitars for the title track and, notably, the only…

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