No More Mr. Nice Guy (Gang Starr album)

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No More Mr. Nice Guy
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 22, 1989[1]
GenreHip hop, jazz rap[2]
LabelWild Pitch Records/EMI Records
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ProducerDJ Premier, Guru,
The 45 King
Gang Starr chronology
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Step in the Arena
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
Rolling Stone[5]

No More Mr. Nice Guy is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Gang Starr.[6][7] The album was released on April 22, 1989. It peaked at #83 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song "Positivity" peaked at #19 on the Billboard rap chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press wrote that "DJ Premier provides samples, beats and rhythms that are perfectly adequate, if not up to his future level."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs are produced by DJ Premier & Guru, except for tracks #5 & #13 produced by The 45 King

1."Premier & The Guru"3:26
2."Jazz Music"3:30
3."Gotch U"3:08
6."DJ Premier in Deep Concentration"3:13
7."Positivity (Remix)"4:49
8."Words I Manifest (Remix)"5:12
9."Conscience Be Free"4:04
10."Cause and Effect"3:22
11."2 Steps Ahead"3:50
12."No More Mr. Nice Guy"3:22
13."Knowledge" (featuring Damo D-Ski)3:42
15."Here's the Proof" (2001 Re-issue Bonus Track)4:35
16."The Lesson" (2001 Re-issue Bonus Track)5:05
17."Dedication" (2001 Re-issue Bonus Track)5:11
Total length:53:30

The PRT Records cassette issue in the UK contains "Movin' On (Vocal)" and "Movin' On (Dub)" as bonus tracks B7 and B8.


Single information
"The Lesson" [Non-Album Single]
  • Released: 1987
  • B-side: "The Lesson (Super Club Mix)"
"Believe Dat!" [Non-Album Single]
  • Released: 1987
  • B-side: "Bust a Move Boy" & "To Be a Champion"
"Movin' On" [Non-Album Single]
  • Released: 1988
  • B-side: "Gusto" & "Knowledge"
"Words I Manifest (Remix)"
  • Released: 1989
  • B-side: "DJ Premier In Deep Concentration", "Here's the Proof"
"Positivity (Remix)"
  • Released: 1989
  • B-side: "No More Mr. Nice Guy (Remix)"


Chart (1990) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 83


Year Song Hot Rap Singles
1990 "Positivity" 19


  1. ^ "Today in Hip-Hop: Gang Starr Drop 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' - XXL". XXL Mag.
  2. ^ No More Mr. Nice Guy at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swihart, Stanton. "Review: No More Mr. Nice Guy – Gang Starr". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 3. MUZE. p. 674.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 322. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Kot, Greg. "Guru of Gang Starr dead at 43".
  7. ^ a b "Gang Starr". Trouser Press. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Gang Starr Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.