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4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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On their third outing, Guru and Premier continue to deliver intellectual hardcore, mixing deft rhymes with serious beatology. Premier continues to mine the jazz vaults, uncovering some seriously dusty grooves, with which he concocts some of the best minimalist hip-hop to ever be committed to wax. Just listen to "The Place Where We Dwell." Made up of nothing more than a looped drum track and scratching, it illustrates the less-is-more aesthetic to a T. Guru once again lets loose with the monotone flow that is his trademark--a flow that tastes like slow-roasted butter. Furthermore, jams like "Ex Girl to the Next Girl" prove that there is such a thing as a good hip-hop love song that exudes street cred rather than syrupy wackness. The album is especially noteworthy for containing the progressive "I'm the Man," which marked the recorded debut of both Jeru the Damaja and Little Dap. Plus, "Soliloquy of Chaos" not only gets the Mensa award for word choice but also serves as an eloquent condemnation of the violence that had become de rigueur at hip-hop shows. --Spence Abbott
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000007NZV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Step In The Arena was good, but it was also one of those albums in which I thought they could still be better. Gang Starr did just that with one of the dopest Hip Hop albums ever and their best album. Gang Starr is a well renown and influential group, but for some reason, I feel this album is still more unappreciated than it should be.

One of the reasons this album is a classic is because it has a variety of subjects. On The Place Where We Dwell, Guru gives an ode to Brooklyn and lets you know why it could be good to visit. Ex Girl To Next Girl is about Guru's relationships with women, but unfortunately, it doesn't work out with none of em. Soliliquy Of Chaos is a very unique song and could be Guru's most thoughtful song ever. He tells us a story about imminently doing a concert, but he sees someone get shot during a fight. After he drops that line, he shows us why it makes him angry because it's so stupid. Personally, I think everyone should hear this track.

Take It Personal is a dark-feeling track with Guru talking about someone who backstabbed him, a wack rapper, and a friend who thinks Guru forgot him because of success. He drops 3 verses for each and strictly talks about that person alone. No Shame In My Game is one of the best tracks one album. Guru talks about people who criticize him for being himself and problems in his environment.

"But what the hell's success if the mess ain't changing/ 5-0's still corrupt stupid gangs still bangin'/ Stick up kids still stickin' nasty hookers still trickin'/ all the pimps still pimpin' and all the crackheads trippin'/ While the dealers still sellin' so I'll refrain from the yellin'/ And the preachin' cuz who the fu[k would I reach man." The second verse is arguably his most heartfelt verse ever.
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While it wasn't their groundbreaking album (that'd be Step in the Arena) nor their best (in my opinion Moment of Truth), "Daily Operation" is perhaps the most important album of the Gang Starr discography, the one that put them on top of the early-90s east coast hip hop world and established Guru and Premier as hip hop legends. Widely imitated but never duplicated, this album helped define the jazzy hip hop sound that became synonymous with New York hip hop for years to come. Musically "Daily Operation" ranks with Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's Mecca and the Soul Brother and A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders as the greatest albums of an era. DJ Premier's productions are incredible, using a wide range of instrumentation including horns, keyboards, and some clever sampling to make a sound that is rich and tasteful, while maintaining a street feel with the grimy hooks and tough drumbeats. Some of these tracks are just masterpieces in themselves, and the prominence of sampled "Daily Operation" beats over the years is a testament to this. Guru holds his own on the mic as always. While not yet the wise teacher he would become on ...Read more ›
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I've been listening to hip hop since 1989, and I feel that this CD is the best hip-hop CD ever released. As a rule, Guru and Premier are both flawless, but this CD is a masterpiece.
Guru's delivery is smooth and smoky but very edgy. His rhymes always have a strong message. At the same time, he can still voice a great put down track. He doesn't sing, but somehow he creates the aura of a great jazz singer. Who else can do all this?
Premier's work has a minimalistic quality that only works this well in the hands of a truly gifted DJ. His selection of beats, loops, and samples is so varied musically. Unlike today's rap producers who pick a hit song and play it under an MC, Premier pulls together samples and loops to create something new.
The tracks cover social issues ("Conspiracy", "Soliloquy of Chaos"), relationships ("Ex Girl to Next Girl"), bragging bravado "Flip the Script" and "BYS"), and more. This is artistry that doesn't forget that great hip-hop always has an streetwise grittyness. Essential for anyone who loves music!
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I just bought this album this year, 2003, and I like it. I'm 17 years old, and alot of kids I know like Lil' Jon and think 50 Cent is the premiere MC. I happen to know extremely differently. I'm not usually into jazz-rap myself, but Tribe and Gang Starr's music is to phenomenal to just pass up. Guru has never been a slouch on the mic to me, and can still kill most of these so called "MC's" out there now. He has skill, passion, focus, and doesn't try to be the realest, but is because he was trying to help the black community on this album, not be the hardest. His rhymes perfectly match Premo's beats on here, some of the smoothest production I've ever heard. This album makes me want to kick a window in sometimes, because I'm so afraid hip-hop will never be quite the same, and though the underground still release some good albums, we never get to hear from alot of the best artists. Anyway, I'm getting off subject. Classic, legendary, masterpiece. They all describe this album. Shout out songs go to Ex Girl To Next Girl, I'm The Man, and No Shame In My Game.
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