(Update: 04/20/10 Guru died at age 43)
Gang Starr, formed back in 1986 and comprised of DJ Premier and emcee Guru, are no longer officially a group -- at least according to Guru in an interview a little while back. But then, who knows if they ever will perform or record together again? A Tribe Called Quest have gotten back together -- more than once -- so maybe Gang Starr will too.
Regardless, the hip-hop duo's rich back catalog is enough to satisfy this hip-hop fan for hours on end. If you don't already have any of the incredible duo's six albums (plus two greatest hits compilations), I suggest you pick up the double CD retrospective Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr (originally released in '99) at any of the Amoeba Music stores.
Full Clip is a great starting point, as it includes all but one ("Arena") of the songs in the six Gang Starr videos below, including "Words I Manifest," "Step in the Arena," "Mass Appeal," "Who's Gonna Take The Weight?," "Take It Personal," and "DWYCK" featuring Nice & Smooth. Listening back the other day to this 2 CD set from start to finish made me realize not just how amazing Gang Starr's music is, but also how influential their work has been on hip-hop.
And are the videos/songs below a comprehensive best-of Gang Starr? Hells no! Just enough to whet a hip-hopper's appetite.
Gang Starr "Who's Gonna Take The Weight?" (1991)
Gang Starr "Take It Personal" (1992)
Gang Starr "Step In The Arena" (1991)
Gang Starr "Words I Manifest" (1989)
Gang Starr "Mass Appeal" (1994)
Gang Starr featuring Nice & Smooth "DWYCK" (1992)