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 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]