Mass Appeal: The Best of Gang Starr [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
The fact that Mass Appeal: Best of Gang Starr is the second greatest-hits compilation released by Virgin simply attests to the importance of the duo, one of the first great MC/DJ-producer teams in hip-hop (and both of whom, incidentally, have gone on to do well as solo artists, Guru with his whole Jazzmatazz series and Premo most recently on Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics). But while 1999's Full Clip was two discs of 31 tracks (some of which were remixed versions), Mass Appeal contains itself on one disc of 20 songs, and includes almost all of their singles ("You Know My Steez" is the most notable exclusion), which means that while the scope is actually greater, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
The fact that Mass Appeal: Best of Gang Starr is the second greatest-hits compilation released by Virgin simply attests to the importance of the duo, one of the first great MC/DJ-producer teams in hip-hop (and both of whom, incidentally, have gone on to do well as solo artists, Guru with his whole Jazzmatazz series and Premo most recently on Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics). But while 1999's Full Clip was two discs of 31 tracks (some of which were remixed versions), Mass Appeal contains itself on one disc of 20 songs, and includes almost all of their singles ("You Know My Steez" is the most notable exclusion), which means that while the scope is actually greater, spanning all six of their studio albums, the depth is lesser. Though the tracks are not listed chronologically, the jazz-based beats of DJ Premier and Guru's relaxed flow are highlighted and strong in each. Gang Starr staples "Take It Personal," "The Militia," "Just to Get a Rep," "Mass Appeal," "Ex-Girl to Next Girl," and "Step in the Arena" (all of which the latter were also found on Full Clip) are found on this compilation, as well as lesser known, though not obscure, cuts like "Check the Technique" and "B.Y.S." More serious fans may be intrigued by the bonus tracks, "Natural" and "Tha Squeeze," but considering both are also found on the 2004 Japanese import of The Ownerz, Mass Appeal is probably a better pick for fans who've heard about the glory and genius of the duo but don't own all the albums. [The limited-edition version of the compilation, however, may appeal to some die-hard fans, as it contains a bonus disc of 11 videos from 1991's old-school black-and-white "Step in the Arena" to 2003's full-color "Skills."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2006
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724359849607
  • Catalog Number: 98496
  • Sales rank: 127,348

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Manifest (4:50)
  2. 2 Step in the Arena (3:32)
  3. 3 Put Up or Shut Up (3:15)
  4. 4 Skills (3:17)
  5. 5 Code of the Streets (3:27)
  6. 6 Ex-Girl to Next Girl (4:38)
  7. 7 Soliloquy of Chaos (3:14)
  8. 8 The Militia - Big Shug (4:47)
  9. 9 Above the Clouds (3:44)
  10. 10 Check the Technique (3:53)
  11. 11 Royalty - K-Ci & JoJo (4:11)
  12. 12 Lovesick (3:23)
  13. 13 Take It Personal (3:02)
  14. 14 Now You're Mine (2:55)
  15. 15 Just to Get a Rep (2:37)
  16. 16 B.Y.S. (3:05)
  17. 17 Mass Appeal (3:37)
  18. 18 Dwyck (4:05)
  19. 19 Natural (2:45)
  20. 20 Tha Squeeze (3:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Step in the Arena
  2. 2 Just to Get a Rep
  3. 3 Ex-Girl to Next Girl
  4. 4 Take It Personal
  5. 5 Code of the Streets
  6. 6 Mass Appeal
  7. 7 The Militia - Big Shug
  8. 8 Full Clip
  9. 9 Discipline - Total
  10. 10 Nice Girl, Wrong Place
  11. 11 Skills
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gang Starr Primary Artist
Boy Big Track Performer
Technical Credits
DJ Premier Producer
Keith Elam Composer
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Kevin Flaherty Producer
Jeff Magid Producer
Chris E. Martin Composer
Soren Baker Liner Notes
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
Guru Keithy E Producer
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