Gang Starr ‘Hard to Earn’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 8th March 1994

Label: Chrysalis / EMI

Producers: DJ Premier / Guru

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Hard to Earn is the fourth album from the hip hop duo Gang Starr. It was released in March 8, 1994 and featured the singles “Mass Appeal”, “DWYCK”, and “Code of the Streets”. Guest appearances on the album include Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, and Big Shug. At the time, all were part of the Gang Starr Foundation, which made the album a stepping-stone for future DJ Premier-helmed projects by Group Home and Jeru. The single “DWYCK” recorded in 1992 also featured hip hop duo Nice & Smooth. The track “Now You’re Mine” originally appeared on the 1992 Soundtrack “White Men Can’t Rap”. Hard to Earn is also the duo’s first album to carry the “Parental Advisory” label.”

Additional info:

- The album comes in at #9 on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1994.

- The singles ‘Mass Appeal’ comes in at #15 on Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1994.

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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