Hard To Earn [Explicit]

March 12, 1994 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 28, 1994
  • Release Date: February 28, 1994
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1994 Virgin Records America, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 58:48
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B000TEPET4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,864 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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One of the best hip hop albums, EVER!
Space Cowboy
To make it quick, I think every song on the album is good lyric wise and beat wise but let me break it down.
Wu-Tang_Assassin
I believe this album marries the best of Guru with the best of DJ Premier.
KDA26

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
...this is definately my favorite hip hop album easily. Unlike most other rap records, this one is solid start to finish. No crap, just straight up real beats and lyrics. The Guru is one of the best and this album only proves his dedication and heart for the art of rap. DJ Premier???? what else can be said about him? He has the golden touch. Tasteful samples, and killer beats. This one will stay at the top of my collection for years to come. Gang Starr are the illist, by far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Eric B & Rakim. EPMD. OutKast. Among them; Gang Starr.

A lot of great rap duos have come and gone in the past. At the beginning of the 1990's, Gang Starr established themselves as one of rap's elite duos with albums such as 1991's Step In The Arena, and 1992's Daily Operation. By 1994, DJ Premier had made a name for himself as one of the hottest producers on the east coast, and rightfully so. Somehow, Premo and Guru found time to record their 1994 LP Hard To Earn, another excellent Gang Starr LP.

After hearing the album intro, it's evident that Guru is "angrier" on Hard To Earn, and he kicks some more street lyrics on this album in his trademark monotone. Of course, you'll find a fair share of Guru's signature social commentary on tracks like Code of the Streets, and Tonz 'o' Gunz (the latter, by the way, is NOT glorifying gun violence, it's actually quite the opposite.) Guru also shines on battle tracks like Brainstorm; spitting with a different cadence than his norm creates ill results on this track. Overall, Guru would never be considered the G.O.A.T. emcee, but he was never a slouch on the mic in his Gang Starr days. A lot of people complain that his monotone delivery was weak, but it was a style that was truly his own, and it worked well most of the time over Premier's tracks.

Speaking of Premo, how is he doing on this album? The beats on Hard To Earn are some of Preem's illest; peep the beat on Mass Appeal if you somehow haven't heard it already, it's one of the illest rap tracks ever created, no question. Words From The Nutcracker is a solo by Melachi The Nutcracker (whack) of the Group Home, and it's only 1:28 long, but Premo cooks up an excellent beat that masks how weak the emcee on this track is, and then some.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E on April 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
...flash back to March 1994...the east coast was hot, and already being a few albums deep, Gangstarr releases "Hard To Earn," further solidifying their unpenetratable street cred.

I was only 11 or 12 when this album came out, and being from the south, I wasn't privy to the culture [of hip hop] yet, or the east coast sound. However, I do remember hearing "Mass Appeal," which caught mad burn on radio stations, even down south. I began my devout appreciation for Gangstarr exactly four years later in 1998 when they dropped "Moment of Truth" (which was consequently my first Gangstarr album, and I still bump it religiously to this day). Therefore, I had to go "back in time" and get schooled by the scholar (Guru).

How does one begin to write a Gangstarr review? Let's see: an ill emcee who's also a positive brother, the Guru, coupled with the celestial beatsmith DJ Premier. This equals an explosive combination, which is exactly what this album is: EXPLOSIVE. Even 10 years later after its initial release, "Hard To Earn" is an undisputable street classic.

One of my favorite joints is the sharp and off-balance fourth track, "Brainstorm." DJ Premier studied Computer Science at Prairie View A&M (in Texas), and the beat to the aforementioned song exhibits this fact: a hectic snare hit and cymbal crash, sprinkled by stuttering computer blips, and a backwards police siren lacing the background. Not to go unmentioned, Guru spits with a different cadence than usual and gets very lyrical - he's definately at his best on tracks like this one.

Or what about the phat piano riff that rides over Melachi's (mediocre) lyrics on "Words From the Nutcracker"? (Y'all know Melachi, the other half of Group Home with Lil Dap.) Or how about the infinitely DOPE cut "Aiiight Chill..."?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Daly on August 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the jam!
If ever you wanted to get into Gang Starr, this is the album for you. For years, DJ Premier and Guru were supplying some of the best rap songs. On this album, You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who does it better.
The key to this album is Premier. If it wasn't apparent on the first three albums, it should be now. Premier is the bomb!! Not as obvious on the previous efforts, Premier's abilty to put a beat to Guru's lyrics is the real key to the success of this group. Every beat from start to end is phat, leaving every other DJ in the world second best, at the very least. Premier's domination on this album had not been seen since Pete Rock on "Mecca And The Soul Brother" (Not to take away from either CL Smooth's effort or Guru's on this album).
Guru does, in fact, hold his own on this album. I'm not sure if he's ever been as tight as he is on "Mass Appeal" or "Now You're Mine". I also doubt if any MC has been as tight as he is on "Code Of The Streets".
This is THE gem of the Gang Starr catalog. At this price you CANNOT pass it up.
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