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Watch Gang Starr’s ‘Bad Name’ Music Video

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Gang Starr has dropped the music video for “Bad Name,” the second single off their latest album, One Of The Best Yet. The visual, which was directed by Drew Morris and DJ Premier, pays homage to Gang Starr’s legacy and the iconic late rapper Guru.

The video features Preemo pitching the song to internet personality, Anthony “Spice” Adams, and includes footage of Guru’s 19-year-old son Keith Casim rapping his father’s lyrics.

“I initially wanted ‘Bad Name’ to be the first single that officially brought Gang Starr back,” Premier stated in a press release. “I wanted a fun video with Spice Adams and for Guru’s son to play his father in the video — and then never do that again. We ended up going with ‘Family and Loyalty’ with J. Cole as the first single and it worked out perfectly, as Keith was able to get more comfortable being in front of the camera and used to the process.”

Check out the video above and download the song on DJcity.

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Watch Gang Starr’s ‘Family and Loyalty’ Video Feat. J.Cole

Gang Starr

Gang Starr has shared the music video for “Family and Loyalty,” their first release in 16 years which features J. Cole and unreleased vocals by the iconic late rapper Guru. The visual, which was directed by hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, includes archival footage of the legendary MC as well as a cameo by his 19-year-old son Keith Casim.

“Keith was nine when his father passed away, and he is now nineteen,” DJ Premier explained in the press release. “I used to babysit him. He made me feel like Guru was there with me. I told him he has the same look in his eyes as his father and everyone on set commented on how striking the resemblance is. It was really important to me to have Guru’s son be a major focus of the video.”

Check out the video above and download the song on DJcity.

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The Samples Behind Gang Starr’s ‘Moment of Truth’

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Since 2015, Power 106‘s Wax Only series has examined some of the most iconic albums in hip-hop history. While each episode has been outstanding, the latest one is extra special.

Today, Wax Only is celebrating its 100th episode by honoring the 20th anniversary of Gang Starr’s fifth studio album, Moment of Truth.

Released on March 31, 1998, Moment of Truth debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and peaked at No. 6 on the 200 chart. The project, which was produced by DJ Premier and the late great Guru, was the duo’s first gold album and most successful commercially.

Moment of Truth featured the singles “You Know My Steez” and “The Militia.” It also contained classic tracks like “Above the Clouds,” “Work,” and the title track, “Moment of Truth.”

Watch Wax Only above.

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DJ Premier on Producing Gang Starr’s ‘Mass Appeal’

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Following last week’s look at D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie,” DJ Premier has returned to explain the story behind Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal” on Off the Record. The track inspired the name of media company, Mass Appeal, which produces the series.

Premo discusses how he and the late Guru came up with the idea for the song, including how it was intended to be anti-radio. Ironically, it became Gang Starr’s highest-charting single, peaking at No. 67 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1994.

“We were really making fun of radio, and it became our biggest radio hit,” Premo says in the video.

Watch Off the Record above.

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Vekked Juggles Gang Starr’s ‘Full Clip’

Gang Starr’s 1999 single “Full Clip” is a certified classic. To pay homage to it, reigning DMC World and Online Champ Vekked has shared a video of him juggling the track. The Canadian turntablist said the juggle was intended for his 2015 DMC Online routine, but was cut out.
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