Step in the Arena

定価:¥ 1,452
マーケットプレイス価格:¥ 649 (税込)

レーベル:Virgin Records Us
JAN:0094632179821 売上ランキング:音楽で78901位

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  1. Name Tag (Premier & The Guru)
  2. Step In The Arena
  3. Form Of Intellect
  4. Execution Of A Chump
  5. Who's Gonna Take The Weight?
  6. Beyond Comprehension
  7. Check The Technique
  8. Lovesick
  9. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  10. Game Plan
  11. Take A Rest
  12. What You Want This Time?
  13. Street Ministry
  14. Just To Get A Rep
  15. Say Your Prayers
  16. As I Read My S-A
  17. Precisely The Right Rhymes
  18. The Meaning Of The Name
Gang Starr's second album is quintessential hip-hop and is easily one of the greatest rap albums of all time. In contrast to their 1989 debut, No More Mr. Nice Guy, which was filled with seriously uptempo jams, Step in the Arena slows down the pace, unveiling low, slow, and deceptively complex tempos along with some jazz-tinged loops and beats, all of which firmly established DJ Premier's slot in the producer hall of fame. Furthermore, the slower sonic pace proved to be a perfect fit for Guru's distinctive monotone flow. The album hits on every aural level, from the lumbering bass and blaring horn combo of the title track to the swirling sax blurts, unnerving siren, and kinetic scratch attack of "Who's Gonna Take the Weight" to the laid-back smooth jazz soul of "Love Sick." Guru's verbal volley can only be described as smooth hardcore, with no-nonsense lyrics that effectively strike a balance between the street and the intellect. Toss in tracks like the anti-hoodlum anthem "Just to Get a Rep" and the scathing "Execution of a Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy, Part 2)," and you've got yourself a bona fide classic that sounds as fresh today as it did when it was first released. --Spence Abbott