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Gangstarr’s Hard To Earn will always hold a special place in my heart. The LP dropped on March 8th, 1994 and it was DJ Premier and the late Keith “Guru” Elam at the top of their game. Released two years after the similarly lauded Daily Operation, this album was an example of a group giving fans exactly what they wanted before we even had a chance to want it. At the time, Guru was one of my favorite MCs and Hard To Earn just solidified his status as one of the best to ever do it.
In honor of the 20 year anniversary of the album, we spoke to DJ Premier about how it all came together. He explained the album’s sparse sound and walked us through the creation of what are now recognized as some of the more timeless cuts from their well respected and extensive catalog. From “Code of The Streets” to the “Aiiight Chill…” skit, “Mass Appeal” to ” Mostly Tha Voice”, it’s all here.
I have to give a special shout to UpNorthTrips for contributing some amazing archival images for the piece, as well as a custom mix highlighting some of the album’s samples by their in-house DJ The Vinylcologist. Listen below.
The mix goes beyond highlighting the beats and samples on Hard to Earn, as over half of the album’s instrumentals we’re deconstructed and re-workings by Vinyl himself.
Off Finnesse Gang 101′s Finnesse The World mixtape dropping March 19th.
Previously: Gucci Mane ft. King B – Good To Me (Video)
Off that Resource Room mixtape, available here.
TDE’s Isaiah Rashad and N.O.R.E.’s Good Belt Gang drop some rhymes on RapFix.
Q joins Hot 97′s morning show with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds to speak on gang past, his relationship with Kendrick Lamar, whether or not he still drinks lean, Oxymoron, and more.
Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks return as The Cool Kids with two new leaks. The Chuck Inglish-produced “Computer School” along with the HBK Gang-featured “Chop.” Their comeback project, Shark Week, arrives later this year.
Previously: The Cool Kids ft. Aaron LaCrate – Footwork
Off that HBK Gang tape, out now.
Previously: IamSu! & HBK – Gang Forever (Mixtape)
Off the Rich Gang compilation album, available on iTunes now.
Previously: N.O.R.E. & Reks – Jesus Take The Wheel
Tracklist and download after the jump.
2.No You Didn't
4.Pickup and Dropoffs ft. Young Scooter
5.Do This All the Time ft. Juicy J
9.Make Ya Scream Ft. Trinidad James
12.Rich Niggaz ft. King Los
13.KD35 Ft. Wiz Khalifa
14.Slow Me Down Ft. Devin Crui$ e
15.Own the Club ft. Juicy J
16.Cold Ft. Compton Menace
17.Tony Hawk Ft. Curtis Williams
18.TTU Ft. FTR Drama