Gang Starr ‘Moment of Truth’ 20th Anniversary

Release date: 31st March 1998

Label: Noo Trybe / Virgin

Producers: DJ Premier, Guru

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Moment of Truth is the fifth album by hip hop duo Gang Starr, released on March 31, 1998 by Noo Trybe Records and Virgin Records. Gang Starr recorded Moment of Truth in sessions at D&D Studios. Released four years after its previous album, Hard to Earn, this album could be perceived as a comeback, with a newer, updated style of the group’s already-established jazz-tinged hip hop, as stated by Guru in the introduction. Lyrically, the album is more emotional and socially conscious than previous installments. The album features more guest artists than previous Gang Starr releases. Collaborations include songs with Inspectah Deck, Scarface, G-Dep, Freddie Foxxx, K-Ci & JoJo, M.O.P. and more.

The album is the group’s most commercially successful album to date. Moment of Truth debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. It went on to sell over 500,000 copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 7, 1998. The lead single, “You Know My Steez,” became the duo’s second Billboard Hot 100 appearance in 1997, peaking at #76. Spin magazine ranked it as the #16 album of 1998.”

Additional info:

- The album comes in at #1 on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1998.

- The singles ‘You Know My Steez’ comes in at #15 on Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1997.

- The track ‘You Know My Steez’ appears on our Classic Material 1997 Mixtape.

- The track ‘The Militia’ appear on our Classic Material 1998 Mixtape.

- The track ‘You Know My Steez’ appears on our 1997 Rap Megamix.

- The tracks ‘Work’ and ‘The Militia’ appear on our 1998 Rap Megamix.

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

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