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DJ Premier Lists His 50 Favourite Songs Featuring Guru

Here’s DJ Premier own personal list of the 50 greatest songs featuring Guru:

1. Gang Starr – Moment Of Truth
2. Gang Starr – Above The Clouds (Feat. Inspectah Deck)
3. Gang Starr – Soliloquy Of Chaos
4. Slam Slam – Free Your Feelings (Gang Starr Remix)
5. A.G. – Weed Scented (Feat. Gang Starr, Party Arty & OC)
6. Gang Starr – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle
7. Gang Starr – Play That Beat (Feat. DJ Slynkee & DJ Skribble)
8. Gang Starr – The Piecemaker
9. M.O.P. – Salute Pt. 2 (Feat. Gang Starr)
10. Gang Starr – Natural (Feat. HeadQcourterz)
11. Gang Starr – Jazz Thing (Video Mix)
12. Gang Starr – Robin Hood Theory
13. Gang Starr – Royalty (Feat. K-Ci & JoJo)
14. Gang Starr – JFK 2 LAX
15. Gang Starr – Deadly Habitz
16. Gang Starr – The Militia (Feat. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx)
17. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
18. Gang Starr – Zonin
19. Gang Starr – Next Time
20. Gang Starr – Betrayal (Feat. Scarface)
21. Gang Starr – All 4 Tha Ca$h
22. Gang Starr – Full Clip
23. Gang Starr – Ex Girl To Next Girl
24. Gang Starr – Alongwaytogo
25. Gang Starr – Take It Personal
26. Gang Starr – Credit Is Due
27. Gang Starr – DWYCK (Feat. Nice N Smooth)
28. Gang Starr – Take Two And Pass
29. Gang Starr – I’m The Man (Feat. Lil Dap & Jeru the Damaja)
30. Gang Starr – Execution Of A Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2)
31. Gang Starr – Street Ministry
32. Gang Starr – Check The Technique
33. Gang Starr – Beyond Comprehension
34. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep
35. Gang Starr – Precisely The Right Rhymes
36. Gang Starr – Battle
37. Gang Starr – The ? Remainz
38. Gang Starr – 1/2 & 1/2 (Feat. M.O.P.)
39. Gang Starr – Speak Ya Clout (Feat. Lil Dap & Jeru the Damaja)
40. Gang Starr – Mostly The Voice
41. Gang Starr – Tonz O’ Gunz
42. Gang Starr – In This Life (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Uncle Reo)
43. Gang Starr – Who Got Gunz (Feat. M.O.P. & Fat Joe)
44. Gang Starr – Rite Where U Stand (Feat. Jadakiss)
45. Gang Starr – Piece Of Mine
46. Gang Starr – You Know My Steez
47. Gang Starr – Brainstorm
48. Guru – Loungin’
49. Gang Starr – Words I Manifest (Remix)
50. Gang Starr – Eulogy

This is not in any particular order.

R.I.P. Keith “Guru” Elam.


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21 Responses to “DJ Premier Lists His 50 Favourite Songs Featuring Guru”


  • Comment from Jay Dee

    A lot of Moment of Truth and I think people overrate the album. It’s a classic no doubt, but the earlier Gang Starr work is far better. Premier experimenting samples and Guru with his great lyrics. Step in the Arena > Daily Operation > Hard to Earn > Moment of Truth > No More Mr. Nice Guy > The Ownerz.

  • Comment from LeElectro

    4 Me – who got gunz on 3rd place.
    Moment of truth was sick!
    One Love from Poland Primo!

  • Comment from SirBiatch

    if anything, people overrate Guru and Premo’s earlier work. You could tell Premo was still experimenting and trying to get it perfect, which he later did.

  • Comment from bctw

    Only 1 song out of the first 3 Jazzmatazz albums? Hmmmm

    Weed Scented and The Piece Maker are just incredible timeless tracks.

    Happy birthday Gurizzy.

  • Comment from Rob

    Comment from SirBiatch
    Posted at: July 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM
    if anything, people overrate Guru and Premo’s earlier work. You could tell Premo was still experimenting and trying to get it perfect, which he later did.

    ^LOL you don’t know what you talkin’ about willis & obviously did’nt live that era.

  • Comment from MArc

    moment of truth is by far the best gang starr album. it’s my favorite hip hop album of all time!

  • Comment from SirBiatch

    @Rob,

    I don’t let nostalgia blind me.

    Premo’s even said it himself. In the earlier days he was experimenting and then he got better.

    The earlier joints were nice no doubt. And by earlier, I’m talking stuff from like “No More Mr Nice Guy.” With that said, a lot of that material sounds dated, whereas “Mass Appeal” doesn’t. You can tell Preme got better.

  • Yeah, Moment of Truth was the best album no doubt.

  • Comment from Phil

    The mid 90’s / late 90’s soulful/groovy style has aged better in general not just Premier’s work during that time.

  • Comment from Rob

    @ SirBiatch

    So cause premier said it, it’s gotta be gospel right? Lol. If that’s what you like cool, but don’t go overboard saying it’s better. Premier is definitely a better producer now as anyone should be, but being better does’nt mean the beats are better now than before. He experimented way more then & you already know the story on his production with No Mr. Nice Guy. Next 3 LP’s are still to this day straight raw, dumb ill undergruund hip hop joints not too mention jeru & group home & on & on. Premo was way more hyped & iller in those days.

  • Comment from docdblok76

    any sound or ask guru are classics, do not forget the classic who is not named in this list is: NY niggaz with sway king tech and dj revolution.
    peace GURU

  • Comment from mick

    premos best days 92 to 95

  • Comment from Fab 5 Eddy

    Moment of Truth is just one of the illest albums ever. The Thriller of HIP HOP… or better the Off the Wall of Hip Hop

  • Comment from Jay Dee

    Hahaha overrate the old Gang Starr albums? How the fuck is Step in the Arena or Daily Operation overrated? Guru’s lyrics were deep and the production may not’ve been perfect, but the way Premier was flipping these samples man that was just crazy. Moment of Truth had great production no doubt, but Guru was better on Step in the Arena & Daily Operation and Premier didn’t have a formula on Step in the Arena. Listen to the albums and you’ll see. Premier has the same formula on Moment of Truth album and on the earlier work he is more versatile. I am not talking about No More Mr. Nice Guy. Premier experimenting and Guru who is bragging about how good he was compared to the rest. That’s how I liked it! RAW Gang Starr. No doubt Moment of Truth is a classic though. RIP GURU, DILLA, ODB & NUJABES

  • Comment from AWP

    RIP Guru!

    wow people are arguing over someone’s favorite songs, what a lost of focus

  • Comment from Paulo Júnior

    Code of the Streets?????????????????????????????????

  • Comment from joey d

    Dam This dude is a DIVA! funny how he only puts 1 jazzmatazz song on there when there is so many good ones. What about Transite ride or this is art… its just the point that Guru aint here maybe thats why he really didnt see eye to eye wit dude and chose out…. did premier produce loungin? i bet he did.

  • Comment from joey d

    lift ur fist wit the roots

  • Comment from joey d

    Dam “cry” is not even on there that was one his classics from baldhead slick stuff..

  • Comment from Parkah Louis

    In addition to most of those, I dug The Meaning of the Name, Knowledge, What I’m Here 4, Comin’ for Datazz, B.Y.S. & No Shame to My Game….

  • Comment from heavychevy94

    I was in my freshman year of high school when I bought the Step in the Arena album and that was our for me. Guru on the mic and Premier on the beats! Form of Intellect had me hype and that song led to my belief that Primo was my favorite producer. there after countless other tracks that Primo has produced that are awesome but that was the beat that started it for me.


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