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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.
Lil Herb kicks off a new vlog series called “Welcome To FazoLand: The Making Of A Classic”.
Previously: Lil Herb & Lil Bibby – At Night
Bun B drops gems during a recording session for Sean C and LV’s “Where’s Your Leader?”, the first single off thier new compilation album, Loud Dreams Vol. 1.
iTunes version via OFTS. Hit the jump. Download: Waka Flocka Flame & Shill Macc – Making Millions [iTunes]
Sean C & LV take us into the lab with a behind-the-scenes clip showing the making of their upcoming project, Loud Dreams Vol. 1, arriving March 2014. Loud Dreams Vol. 1 will feature original music from Pusha T, Bun B, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Prodigy, Styles P, Devin The Dude, Asher Roth, A$ AP Ferg, Smoke DZA, Big K.R.I.T., DOM Kennedy, and more.
Check out the official tracklist to the Play Cloths-presented after the jump.
“Tomorrow May Never Come” ft. Styles P, A$ AP 12vy and CharlieRED
“Better Get My Money Up” ft. Tree, Bun B, 100s and J Ivy
“Look At Us” ft. Smoke Dza, Big K.R.I.T and Dom Kennedy
“Burn It Down” ft. Asher Roth, Devin the Dude, Smoke Dza and Hypnotic Brass
“Live For Today” ft. Fabolous, JadaKiss, Bun B, Rob Zoe and Anthony King
“Pandemonium” ft. Al Doe
“Light Fantastic” ft. J. Ivy and Keon Bryce
“Where’s Your Leader?” ft. Prodigy, Remy Banks, CharlieRED and Bun B
“Hand In My Pocket” ft. Pusha T and A$ AP Ferg
“BreakFruit” ft. Raekwon
“Busstop” ft. Busta Rhymes
For our latest “Making Of”, we connected with Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po of Organized Konfusion to talk about their amazing 1994 LP Stress: The Extinction Agenda. Widely regarded as the duo’s best LP, the album, which includes such iconic tracks as “Stress” and “Stray Bullet” turns 20 this year. Monch and Po walked us through the creation of the album, why it was such an emotional process for them, the LP’s amazing cover art and much more.
Click here to read The Making of Stress: The Extinction Agenda with Organized Konfusion
Pharrell’s longtime production partner Chad Hugo speaks on how he took up production as a kid as a distraction from the rigors of life. As we speak, Chad is holed up in a studio somewhere with P and Pusha creating God knows what. I can only imagine.
Previously: Pusha T Starts Studio Session with The Neptunes
Some behind the scenes footage from the making of P’s epic 24-hour video for “Happy”.
Busta, track producer Shamello and others comment on the former LONS frontman’s career defining 1997 single “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”. They talk about the birth of Leaders of the New School and how that name had to be earned, his reluctance to go solo and the game changing video by Hype Williams.
Most people who know me may not realize that I was born in Oakland, California. My family moved to White Plains, New York when I was five years old, so I grew up a New Yorker, but I always wondered to myself, “What kind of music would I be into if I still lived in Oakland?” And for that reason, Del was my dude. Listening to his shit made me feel connected to my roots in the Bay Area, and No Need For Alarm in particular was always one of my favorite albums.
To celebrate No Need For Alarm‘s 20th anniversary, which is today, I got on the phone with Del earlier this week to discuss the making of the album. It was a true honor and privilege to speak with him in detail about every song on the LP, and revisit the time period when it was put together. There are some entertaining stories in here for sure, including one about the time he took shrooms with Q-Tip at the Beastie Boys’ studio in New York. I hope the NahRight readers from my generation enjoy revisiting this Hieroglyphics classic, and the younger readers who may not be familiar with the album take the opportunity to listen along while Del tells the story of its creation.
Big shout to the OG Dante Ross for helping to set up the interview! Salute!
Previously: Video Vault: The Top 20 Rap Videos of 1993