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Step In The Arena [Explicit Lyrics]

Gang Starr Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 Jan 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000008FVT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Name Tag (Premier & The Guru)0:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Step In The Arena [Explicit] 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Form Of Intellect 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Execution Of A Chump [Explicit] 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Who's Gonna Take The Weight? [Explicit] 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beyond Comprehension 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Check The Technique [Explicit] 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lovesick 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Game Plan 1:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Take A Rest 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. What You Want This Time? 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Street Ministry 1:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Just To Get A Rep [Explicit] 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Say Your Prayers 1:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. As I Read My S-A 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Precisely The Right Rhymes 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Meaning Of The Name 2:550.99  Buy MP3 

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Unlike many of their contemporaries, Gang Starr have been topping the hip-hop charts for over 10 years. Their output is consistently top drawer but it was with Step in the Arena , their second album, that they really made their name. Like NWA's Straight Outta Compton or Public Enemy's seminal It Takes a Nation..., Step In the Arena set the benchmark for all that would follow. From the stripped-down title track to the funky "Just to Get a Rep", Premier's superlative production sets both feet tapping while Guru's mellifluous lyrics make your head bob gently along. Put simply: this is a stone-cold hip-hop classic that no enthusiast can afford to be without. -- Duncan Thomson

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars and then some....... 4 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
I can imagine in years to come, when I'm an old and grey, receiving my cyber pension and taking my replicant 'Jack Russell' for a walk through virual reality, I'll 'still' be listening to this memorable and brilliant album.
I'm not the first to describe this album as a 'classic' or the work of 'genius', however, this album is as valuable to me as an orginal John Coltrane recording is to a Jazz fan. When my grand-kids pick this album out of my dusty record collection to laugh at early 1990's fashion, I'll bark and growl at them like an old dog guarding his favourite cushion. Then I'll smile in reflection at an album which was inspiring, moving, sad, happy, couragous and daring in its conception.
DJ Premier's ear for sample breaks is quitely simply stunning, his beat production and scratching is sublime, world class for its time. Guru's rhyming is uniquely magnificent, subsequently "I was raised like a muslim, praying to the east" will remain an immortal opening line of the track 'Whose gonna take the weight'. Guru was one of the first intellectual Emcees to have any influence within a hip hop world dominated by Chuck D's hectoring and NWA's gangster nonsense.As a consequence of this album, Guru and Premier's place within the Hip Hop hall of fame is 100% assured.
Casually and irresponsibly ignored by the people who voted for the 'Greatest 100 albums of all time', this album truly represents one of the very finest moments in Hip Hop history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hard and smooth hip hop 6 Jan 2000
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Format:Audio CD
An extraordinary album combining Guru's lyrical dexterity and arrogant mastery with DJ Premier's rolling samples. As an introduction to all that is good about Gang Starr, this is the album to buy, even before taking home their recent retrospective "Full-Clip". It contains a stunning variety of tracks, more wide-ranging and complex than the albums that follow it, with Guru proclaiming slickly on everything from lovesickness to poetic rapping, via the usual insights on gangsta lifestyle, swagger and reputation. "Check the Technique" and "As I read my SA" shine out as examples of fluid, intelligent rap backed up by addictive baselines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of THE best hip-hop albums ever 21 Jan 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This record is quite simply genius. It will transform your opinions of the genre and make a lot of what you will have heard before seem very empty and under produced. Almost every track is a gem with catchy beats and brilliant lyrical freestyling. A must for any b-boy or girl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dont disrespect guru 26 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
No doubt premier was the star of gangstar his production on step in the arena is top quality. He's years ahead of his time, and his trademark heavy scratching never grows old. However, guru is often underated he's an intellect and in my opinion his monotonal rap works well by not drawing attention away from the work of premier. This album was a much needed change from the played-out gangsta rap of this era.
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