It’s been one year later.
Ignore all that shit. Please.
Just go find your copy of Daily Operation. or Hard to Earn. Or Moment of Truth. Or Full Clip. I know you still got em– if you don’t, do whatever you need to today to get ahold of one (or all) of em.
Because on this day last year, a Brother, Father, Uncle, Nephew– hell, a fellow Black Man– lost his life, and over the course of that life, he (a native Bostonian) and his partner (a nigga from Texas) crafted what is now synonymous with the sound of New York (word to Dart Adams), the sounds of Gang Starr.
Here at GB$, we wanted to do a little more than just post Cee’s excellent Guru Tribute, but we also wanted to share a couple words about our favorite Gangstarr Album and Verse. Enjoy, and remember– for today only, just enjoy this man’s music.
PS by: MobbDeen
My favorite Gangstarr album is probably Moment of Truth, but when the prompt to write this showed up, I was listening to ‘Now You”re Mine‘ off Hard To Earn. Guru did a lot of things well with his monotone delivery, but none of his other guises quite held up to his battle MC guise. He never struck me as the kind that would do well in an actual street corner/rap club battle where you have to come up with smart insults on the spot, but he was pretty great at being utterly dismissive of the competition on record/in the studio. Granted, that particular gift is probably a function of the era Guru came up in, but even by those limited and lofty standards, Guru was shitting on niggas. Hard. I can’t even begin to count the myriad of insulting metaphors he used to neuter the competition on wax. Truly a skill to behold.
And just as I finished that last sentence up, ‘Mostly Tha Voice‘ popped up on the iPod – yet another song that features Guru crushing wack MCs with their pussy ass voices.