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One of the most important group in Hip Hop history & maybe the best MC/DJ combination with Pete Rock & CL Smooth...
Gang Starr is a legendary East Coast hip hop duo made up of the late MC Guru and DJ/producer DJ Premier, which originated a style combining elements of New York jazz and hip hop.
The group was founded by Keith Elam in Boston, MA in 1985 (then known as Keithy E. The Guru) and DJ 1,2 B-Down (also known as Mike Dee) with various producers, such as Donald D, J.V. Johnson or DJ Mark the 45 King helping out. In 1987 and 1988, Gang Starr released three 12" vinyl singles on Wild Pitch.
In 1989, the group split and the only member willing to continue under the name Gang Starr was Guru. He soon got in touch with TX born & Brooklyn, NY raised DJ Premier (formerly known as Waxmaster C) & teamed up with him. They soon released their first single "Words I Manifest" along with the album "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (1989). During their career Gang Starr helped pioneer the New York hip hop sound. The entire Gang Starr's catalog, especially "Step in the Arena"(1991), "Daily Operation" (1992), "Hard to Earn" (1994) & "Moment of Truth" (1998) are critically acclamied & are now considered as all-time classics.
The duo ended up when Guru passed away on April 19, 2010 but Primo released another album under the gang Starr name, entitled "One Of The Best Yet" (2019).
1989 - 2019
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