The Ownerz

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The Ownerz
Studio album by Gang Starr
Released June 24, 2003 (US)
Recorded 2002–2003
D&D Studios and Avatar Studios in New York, New York
Genre East Coast hip hop, Underground Hip Hop, Jazz Rap, Hardcore hip hop
Length 58:55
Label Virgin/EMI Records
7243 5 80247 0 8
V0-80247
Producer DJ Premier (Producer)
Guru (Co-producer)
Gang Starr chronology
Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr
(1999)
The Ownerz
(2003)
Mass Appeal: the Best of Gang Starr
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[2]
RapReviews 9/10 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

The Ownerz is the sixth and final studio album by the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, recorded two years before the duo broke up and seven years before Guru's death. It was well-received critically and boasts four singles, "Skills," "Rite Where U Stand," "Nice Girl, Wrong Place," and "Same Team, No Games." Many tracks feature a drum kit sampled from an Oberheim DMX drum machine.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro (HQ, Goo, Panch)" – 0:46
  2. "Put Up or Shut Up" (featuring Krumbsnatcha) – 3:15
  3. "Werdz from the Ghetto Child" (featuring Smiley The Ghetto Child) – 1:09
  4. "Sabotage" – 2:22
  5. "Rite Where U Stand" (featuring Jadakiss) – 3:37
  6. "Skills" – 3:17
  7. "Deadly Habitz" – 4:12
  8. "Nice Girl, Wrong Place" (featuring Boy Big) – 3:32
  9. "Peace of Mine" – 3:01
  10. "Who Got Gunz" (featuring Fat Joe & M.O.P.) – 3:36
  11. "Capture (Militia Pt. 3)" (featuring Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx) – 3:23
  12. "PLAYTAWIN" – 3:11
  13. "Riot Akt" – 4:04
  14. "(Hiney)" – 1:31
  15. "Same Team, No Games" (featuring NYG'z & H. Stax) – 3:44
  16. "In This Life..." (featuring Snoop Dogg & Uncle Reo) – 3:03
  17. "The Ownerz" – 2:57
  18. "Zonin'" – 2:54
  19. "Eulogy" – 2:54
  20. "Natural" [Japan Bonus Track] – 2:46
  21. "Tha Squeeze" [Japan Bonus Track] – 3:29

Samples[edit]

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2003 The Ownerz #18 #5

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