Moment of Truth (Gang Starr album)

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Moment of Truth
Studio album by Gang Starr
Released March 31, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998;
D&D Studios
New York City
Genre East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop [1]
Length 78:37
Label Noo Trybe, Virgin
Producer DJ Premier, Guru
Gang Starr chronology
Hard to Earn
Moment of Truth
Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
RapReviews 9.5/10 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[6]

Moment of Truth is the fifth album by hip hop duo Gang Starr, released on March 31, 1998.


Released four years after its previous album, Hard to Earn, this album could be perceived as a comeback, with a newer, updated style of the group's already-established jazz-tinged hip-hop, as stated by Guru in the introduction.

The album is the group's most commercially successful album to date. Moment of Truth debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It went on to sell over 500,000 copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 7, 1998.[7] The lead single, "You Know My Steez," became the duo's second Billboard Hot 100 appearance in 1997, peaking at #76. Spin magazine ranked it as the #16 album of 1998.[8]

The album features more guest artists than previous Gang Starr releases. Collaborations include songs with Inspectah Deck, Scarface, G-Dep, Freddie Foxxx, K-Ci & JoJo, M.O.P. and more.

The album's title track was featured in the 2011 Matthew McConaughey film The Lincoln Lawyer.[9][10][11] The title track also appeared in the soundtrack of the 2001 video game Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s) Length
1 "You Know My Steez" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 4:07
2 "Robbin Hood Theory" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 3:44
3 "Work" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 2:57
4 "Royalty" DJ Premier, Guru Guru, K-Ci & JoJo 5:11
5 "Above the Clouds" DJ Premier, Guru Guru, Inspectah Deck 3:41
6 "JFK 2 LAX" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 3:34
7 "Itz a Set Up" DJ Premier, Guru Guru, Hannibal Stax 3:49
8 "Moment of Truth" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 4:07
9 "B.I. vs Friendship" DJ Premier, Guru Guru, M.O.P. 4:37
10 "The Militia" DJ Premier, Guru Guru, Big Shug, Freddie Foxxx 4:48
11 "The Rep Grows Bigga" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 4:55
12 "What I'm Here 4" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 2:45
13 "She Knowz What She Wantz" Guru,DJ Premier(co produced) Guru 3:00
14 "New York Strait Talk" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 4:14
15 "My Advice 2 You" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 2:31
16 "Make 'Em Pay" Guru,DJ Premier(co produced) Guru, Krumbsnatcha 4:21
17 "The Mall" DJ Premier, Guru Guru, G-Dep, Shiggy Sha 3:40
18 "Betrayal" DJ Premier, Guru Guru, Scarface 5:29
19 "Next Time" DJ Premier, Guru Guru 3:06
20 "In Memory Of…" DJ Premier, Guru DJ Premier, Guru 3:50


You Know My Steez

Robbin Hood Theory



  • "Let's Do It in Slow Motion" by Latimore

Above the Clouds


Itz A Set Up

Moment of Truth

B.I. vs Friendship

The Militia

The Rep Grows Bigga

What I'm Here 4

She Knowz What She Wantz

New York Strait Talk

My Advice 2 You

  • "I'll Love More Than You'll Ever Know" by Cold Blood
  • "Metal Thangz" by Street Smartz

Make 'Em Pay

  • "You're Something Special" by Five Special
  • "Livin' Proof" by Group Home
  • "Repent Walpurgis" by Procol Harum
  • "Bull's Eye" by J-Force

The Mall


  • "Deliver the Word" by War
  • "Queen of Downs" by Giant

Next Time

In Memory Of...

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1998) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[12] 14
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[13] 51
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 70
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 94
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 43
US Billboard 200[18] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 1


Chart positions from Billboard magazine

Year Song Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hot Rap Singles Dance/Electronic Singles Sales
1997 "You Know My Steez" 76 32 5 2
1998 "The Militia" 68 38

See also[edit]