An emcee from Boston and a DJ from Texas helped define New York Hip-Hop forever. Gang Starr combined DJ Premier’s surgical approach to chopping samples with Guru’s uniquely flinty vocals to carry the flag of hardcore Hip-Hop for twenty years. Both traditionalists and innovators, street denizens and promoters of positivity, grimy and smooth, Gang Starr embodied everything that distinguishes hip-hop from other genres.
While their time as a group was cut short by internal conflict, and we eventually lost Guru to a protracted battle with cancer, the New York based crew’s influence and legend will live on forever. R.I.P. Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal.
This is The Primer: Gang Starr.
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