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Format: CD
Sku: 60074535
UPC: 724384558529
UPC 14: 00724384558529
Release Date: 3/31/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. You Know My Steez ~ Gang Starr
2. Robbin Hood Theory ~ Gang Starr
3. Work ~ Gang Starr
4. Royalty - (featuring K-Ci/JoJo) ~ Gang Starr
5. Above The Clouds - (featuring Inspectah Deck) ~ Gang Starr
6. JFK 2 LAX ~ Gang Starr
7. Itz A Set Up - (featuring Hannibal) ~ Gang Starr
8. Moment Of Truth ~ Gang Starr
9. B.I. Vs. Friendship - (featuring M.O.P.) ~ Gang Starr
10. Militia, The - (featuring Big Shug/Freddie Foxxx) ~ Gang Starr
11. Rep Grows Bigga, The ~ Gang Starr
12. What I'm Here 4 ~ Gang Starr
13. She Knowz What She Wantz ~ Gang Starr
14. New York Strait Talk ~ Gang Starr
15. My Advice 2 You ~ Gang Starr
16. Make 'Em Pay - (featuring Krumbsnatcha) ~ Gang Starr
17. Mall, The - (featuring G. Dep/Shiggy Sha) ~ Gang Starr
18. Betrayal - (featuring Scarface) ~ Gang Starr
19. Next Time ~ Gang Starr
20. In Memory Of... ~ Gang Starr

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Gang Starr: Guru (rap vocals); DJ Premier (spoken vocals, keyboards, drum programming, scratches).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Elijah Shabazz (spoken vocals); K-Ci, JoJo (vocals); Inspektah Deck, Hannibal, M.O.P., Big Shug, Freddie Foxxx, G-Dep, Shiggy Sha, Scarface, Krumb Snatcha (rap vocals); DJ Premier (scratches).
Muze PNote Recorded at D&D Studios, New York, New York.
Muze PNote Personnel: DJ Premier (keyboards, drum programming, scratches); Mark Spier (sampler).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: DJ Premier.
Muze PNote Recording information: D & D Studios.
Muze PNote Photographer: Daniel Hastings.
Muze PNote On their fifth album MOMENT OF TRUTH, Gang Starr solidifes their position in the hip-hop arena. Lyrically and musically, Guru and DJ Premier have always been head and shoulders above the rest, but with MOMENT OF TRUTH, the duo's experience is both obvious and rewarding. Since their debut in 1989, Gang Starr have remained true to themselves, and as a result, prove to be one of the most street-credible rap groups around.
Muze PNote With Premier's amazingly creative production tactics and Guru providing lyrical education, Gang Starr can't lose. Premier's track record shows that any MC lucky enough to work with him automatically earns props, while Guru's monotone style forces listeners to pay close attention. See songs like "Above The Clouds" and "B.I. Vs. Friendship" to be schooled. No phony gimmicks, just raw straight-up hip-hop.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Heavy Rhyme Experience (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Chapter Ii (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Training Day (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Hip Hop Vol 6
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Essentials (Ltd) (Box)
Muze Music Compilations Mobetter Blues (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Lincoln Lawyer (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Wild Pitch Classics(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Freedom Writers

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/31/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1998
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 45585
Music Label Name Label : Noo Trybe
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724384558529

Professional Reviews

Spin (1/99, p.91)
- Ranked #16 on Spin's list of "Top 20 Albums of '98."

Entertainment Weekly (4/24/98, p.78)
- "...Guru's gravel-mouthed admonitions to wannabe MCs and first-hand insight into court battels are as evenly matched to DJ Premier's coveted turntable orchestrations as Satchmo's voice was to his horn..." - Rating: B

CMJ (1/11/99, p.4)
- "...Observe and acknowledge the way true hip-hop was meant to sound - raw yet refined, with beats powerful enough to blow your back out at the drop of a needle..."

The Source (5/98, p.145)
- 4.5 Mics (out of 5)
- "This is the record that hip-hop purists who have long been tired of the artform's commercial tendencies and lack of creativity have been savoring for....MOMENT OF TRUTH delivered the antidote to hip-hop afflictions..."

Melody Maker (4/11/98, p.44)
- "...Gang Starr come over like the wise old uncles who've updated their sound, but softened it with interspersed bursts of swingbeat."

NME (Magazine)
(4/11/98, p.39)
- 8 (out of 10)
- "...Rapper Guru and DJ Premier's reunification finds them returning refreshed to their original blueprint, making peerless hip-hop of class and quality..."

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