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GANG STARR's JUST TO GET A REP - A HIP HOP CLASSIC

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2007 05:00pm | Post a Comment
Mad brotgang starrhers know his name....It's a daily operation

These infamous hip-hop words are among some of the numerous memorable lyrics uttered by GURU (Gifts Unlimited Rhymes Universal) over DJ Premier's track on the February 1991 Gang Starr single "Just To Get A Rep" (Chrysalis/EMI) which, with "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" on the single's flip side, is a true hip-hop classic! Same for the January 1991 Gang Starr album Step In The Arena that "Rep" was culled from. Both are key parts of hip-hop's legacy, with each phrase and rhyme known by heart to any true hip-hop fan. "Just to Get a Rep" harks from a time (late 80's/early 90's) that many agree was the "golden age of hip-hop" and a time that is very close to my heart as a longtime hip-hop fan.

And listening to "Just to Get A Rep" again (see the video below and read the lyircs under video screen) brings back memories of that time when the single and the album had just dropped, a time that was brimming with amazing new hip-hop joints that (as a DJ) I was dying to play. Back then I was doing Bay Area hip-hop radio and TV shows and interviewed Gang Starr many times. It was no big deal back then.   At the time, rap had still not gone 100% fulltime mainstream -- it was pre Dre's Chronic, which ushered a new, more mainstream era in rap's consumption. This meant that if you were a Bay Area DJ on such independent small stations as KUSF, KALX, KZSU, KPOO, KPFA, or KFJC, you could get artists like Gang Starr to make a live appearance on your show with little effort (today you are competing with David Letterman and People magazine). Back at that time Guru and Premo made numerous trips to the Bay regularly to perform (shows for example were at one of Dave Paul's BOMB Hip-Hop Showcases at the DNA) and do the rounds of local radio stations and retail outlets (big up to Leopolds in Berkeley and T's Wauzi at Eastmont Mall in East Oakland). If you have any memories of this hip-hop classic or wish to nominate one of your personal fave hip-hop classics, please do so below in the COMMENTS. Thanks!



LYRICS TO GANG STARR'S "JUST TO GET A REP"

Stick up kids is out to tax Stick up kids out to tax.
And this is how the story goes
Brothers are amused by other brother's reps
But the thing they know best is where the gun is kept
'Cause in the night, you'll feel fright And at the sight of a 4-5th,
I guess you just might Wanna do a dance or two 'Cause they could maybe bust you for self or wit a crew No matter if you or your brother's a star He could pop you in and jet without a getaway car
And some might say that he's a dummy
But he's sticking you and taking all of your money
It's a daily operation
He might be loose in the park or lurking at the train station
Mad brothers know his name
So he thinks he got a little fame
From the stick-up game
And while we're blaming society
He's at a party with his man
They got their eye on the gold chain
That the next man's wearing
It looks big but they ain't staring
Just thinking of a way and when to get the brother
They'll be long gone before the kid recovers
And back around the way, he'll have the chain on his neck
Claimin' respect, Just to get a rep
Ten brothers in a circle Had the kid trapped, the one wit the hood, he said,
"We'll hurt you" If you don't run out your dues and pay
Give up the Rolex watch or you won't see another day
See, they were on the attack And one said,
"Yo, you wanna make this to a homicide rap?
Make it fast so we can be on our way
Kick in the rings and everything, ok?"
The kid was nervous and flinching
And little shorty with the 3-8, yo, he was inchin Closer and closer,
put the gun to his head Shorty was down to catch a body instead
Money was scared so he panicked
Took off his link and his rings and ran frantic
But Shorty said, "Now" pulled the trigger and stepped
It was nothing, he did it just to get a rep
The rep goes bigger and now he's known for his trigger finger
Rolling with troops of the sons like a gangster figure
He's near the peak of his crazy career
His posse's a nightmare macking jewls and some crazy gear
But as we know these things do come back
and Shorty's now peeping others that are scheming the kind of act
Cuz the kid that got shot didn't perish so
He pulls up in a jeep with tinted window
Too late Shorty was caught in the mix
His time ran out his number came up and thats it
Ya know the rest so don't front the plan has been upset
Some brothers gotta go out, just to get a rep

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