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Diggin’ In The Crates: Twelve Jewelz (Volume 6)

Friday, July 10th, 2015


Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

The gems continue this week as we return with Volume 6 of our Twelve Jewelz series. This time around we’ve got a dozen more B-Sides, remixes, unreleased cuts, bonus bangers, and mixtape rarities from the ’90s and early 2000s for you to feast your ears on. Take a break from the new shit and enjoy another trip down memory lane below. And after you stream/read, make sure to click that download link at the bottom of the post to add these Twelve Jewelz to your collection!

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Video: The Making of Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal”

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

For their latest installment of the ‘Magnum Opus’ series, Complex speaks with DJ Premier, Big Shug, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Noah Callahan-Bever, Chairman Mao, Stretch Armstrong and several others about one of the greatest Rap songs of ALL TIME, Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal”.

We spoke to Preemo about the making of Hard To Earn last year, be sure to check that out below.

Previously: The Making of Gang Starr’s Hard to Earn with DJ Premier

Video Vault: 10 Classic ’90s Brooklyn Rap Group Videos

Sunday, July 27th, 2014


Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Brooklyn is enjoying a moment right now, with the rapid rise of Bobby Shmurda and the recent success of artists like Troy Ave and Joey Bada$$, but it’s always been home to great solo rappers. From Big Daddy Kane to The Notorious B.I.G. to Jay Z to Fabolous, the borough knows how to crank out star MCs, there’s no doubt about it. And it’s also the home to many legendary rap groups. So for our latest Video Vault, we collected 10 Classic ‘90s Brooklyn Rap Group Music Videos for you to enjoy. Included on the list are early Gang Starr and M.O.P. clips, a hat trick of Boot Camp Click visuals, certified dopeness from the Rawkus Records catalog courtesy of Company Flow and Black Star, and much more. Tie up your Timberlands for this one. It’s time to stomp through the back blocks of BK.

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Video: Wale – Mass Appeal Freestyle

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Contains a preview of Meek Mill & Rick Ross’ “Work” freestyle.

Mikkey Halsted – Skills Freestyle

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

DJ Clark Kent got Mikkey to rap over Gang Starr’s “Skills” for the same Lafayette 7th Anniversary mixtape which includes freestyles from Vado, Skyzoo and Maino. Props to FSD.

Mikkey Halsted – Skills Freestyle | Mediafire


Previously: Mikkey Halsted – Power Freestyle | First Class (Video)

Video: Gang Starr Interview From 2003

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

The good folks at Groove Parlor TV sent over this extensive interview of the Chicago stop from Gang Starr’s 2003 promo run for The Ownerz, their final album together before the group’s inevitable separation.

In what might be one of the duo’s final interviews appearing with one and other, Guru discusses his beginnings in rap, how he got with Premo through their label, the signature Gang Starr sound, DJ Premier producing for others/Guru’s Jazzmatazz series, how they come up with song titles first and a couple timeless tracks off the album in question: Rite Where U Stand, In This Life, Peace of Mine and Who Got Gunz.

Part two after the jump.

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Video: Live from Headqcourterz’ Guru Salute

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Footage from Friday night’s Guru tribute salute on Live from Headqcourterz, orchestrated by DJ Premier.

Below stream Rosenberg‘s tribute to Guru from last night’s Real Late.

After the jump, Rosenberg talks to Nardwuar in Austin, TX during SXSW.

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Statik Selektah’s 2 Hour Guru Tribute on Shade45

Friday, April 23rd, 2010


Statik Selektah played a two hour tribute set to Guru last night on his Showoff Radio show on Shade 45.

i know alot of DJs have been doing Guru tributes… which is dope, but this is 2 hours of music… from 1988, thru his history including Jazzmattazz Vol 1-3, to the end of the Gangstarr days. I covered what i feel was truly Gurus greatest work. this includes unreleased music, the b-sides, remixes, etc.

i also had Big Shug, Doo-Wop, Freddie Foxx, Consequence, and Chubby Chub call in and leave some Guru Memories….

he was an icon to me, as well as a friend, and i definitely wouldn’t be who i am without the presence of Gangstarr’s music in my life growing up. Shout out to the Gangstarr/Year Round crew for always being real people as well…. through the trials and tribulations. Rest In Peace G….

Statik wanted to remind everyone to still support Guru’s music even though all these mixes are coming out. If you can’t find the physical albums there’s always iTunes.

Download: Statik Selektah’s 2 Hour Guru Tribute on Shade45 | Sendspace

(Going to add a steam ASAP.)

Video: MTV News’ Sway Interviews Solar

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Sway sat down with Solar and asked him about the nature of his relationship with Guru, and if he ever physically abused him.

After the jump, Sway questions the legitimacy of the letter. He brings up the family’s statement and they discuss the charity organization as well as Guru’s relationship with his family. Then he’s asked about Guru’s last days and finally, how they found out he was sick and why his family wasn’t informed.

Previously: MTV News’ Sway Remembers Guru (Video)

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Video: Fat Joe Talks About Guru & Gang Starr

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Link: Guru And Gang Starr ‘Represent The True Essence Of Hip-Hop,’ Fat Joe Says [MTV News]

Who Got Gunz >

Previously: DJ Premier’s Statement On Guru’s Passing