Step In the Arena
|Step In the Arena|
|Studio album by Gang Starr|
|Released||January 15, 1991|
Calliope Productions in New York, New York
Firehouse Studios in Brooklyn, New York
Such-A-Sound Studio in Brooklyn, New York
|Genre||Jazz rap, East Coast Hip Hop, Golden Age hip hop|
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|Producer||DJ Premier, Guru|
|Gang Starr chronology|
Step In the Arena is the second studio album by hip hop duo Gang Starr, released on January 15, 1991. Initially, the album was rated 3.5 out of 5 mics in The Source magazine. In his review, Reef wrote: "Step in the Arena stands alone on a musical level, yet it also remains true to hip-hop's underground heritage." In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Hip Hop Albums. In 2007, it was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by IGN.com. The song "Who's Gonna Take the Weight" was remixed by DJ Premier for use in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV as well as "Step In the Arena" was on the video games Skate It and Skate 2 and "Just to Get a Rep" was on Thrasher: Skate and Destroy.
- "Name Tag (Premier & The Guru)"
- "Step in the Arena"
- "Form of Intellect"
- "Execution of a Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2)"
- "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?"
- "Beyond Comprehension"
- "Check the Technique"
- "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"
- "Game Plan"
- "Take a Rest"
- "What You Want this Time?"
- "Street Ministry"
- "Just to Get a Rep" (short version)
- "Say Your Prayers"
- "As I Read My S-A"
- "Precisely the Right Rhymes"
- "The Meaning of the Name"
- "Credit Is Due" [Japan-only bonus track]
Check the Technique
- "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw
- "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" by Marley Marl
- "To Da Break of Dawn" by LL Cool J
Just to Get a Rep
- "Trying to Make a Fool of Me" by The Delfonics
- "Never Had a Dream" by Ohio Players
- "Pain" by Ohio Players
- "I Need Love" by LL Cool J
- "The Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground
Say Your Prayers
- "Wilford's Gone" by The Blackbyrds
Take a Rest
- "Give It Up" by Kool & the Gang
- "Funky Miracle" by The Meters
- ""T" Plays It Cool" by Marvin Gaye
- "Right on for the Darkness" by Curtis Mayfield
- "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang
- "UFO" by ESG
- "Poetry" by Boogie Down Productions
- "Taxing" by Special Ed
Execution of a Chump
- "Don't It Drive You Crazy" by Pointer Sisters
Form of Intellect
- "Better Half" by Maceo Parker
- "Dope Beat" by Boogie Down Productions
- "Holy War (Live)" by Divine Force
- "Funky Technician" by Lord Finesse
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
- "Crosswind" by Billy Cobham
- "You'll Like It Too" by Funkadelic
- "Just Rhymin' With Biz" by Big Daddy Kane
- "Ease Back" by Ultramagnetic MC's
Name Tag (Premier & the Guru)
- "Fantasy Interlude" by The Originals
Precisely the Right Rhymes
Step in the Arena
- "Never Let 'Em Say" by Ballin' Jack
- "Bumpin' Bus Stop" by Thunder and Lightning
- "Four Play" by Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns
- "The Day You're Mine" by Big Daddy Kane
- "Leaward Winds" by Billy Cobham
The Meaning of the Name
What You Want This Time
Who's Gonna Take the Weight?
As I Read My S-A
- "Easy to Be Hard" by Kole & Param
- Guru - rap, production, mixing
- DJ Premier - beats, scratch, production, mixing
- Lisle Leete - piano, engineering
- Shlomo Sonnenfeld - engineering
- Yoram Vazam - engineering
- Howie Weinberg - mastering
- Marc Cozza - art direction, design
- Rick Patrick - logo
|US Billboard 200||121|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||19|
|Hot Rap Singles|
|1991||"Just to Get a Rep"||5|
|"Who's Gonna Take The Weight?"||9|
|"Step In The Arena"||5|
- Swihart, Stanton. "Review: Step In The Arena - Gang Starr". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
- Hoard, Christian. Review: Step In The Arena - Gang Starr. Rolling Stone :322. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- "Review: Gang Starr - Step In The Arena, Cooltempo". Select (EMAP Metro) (March, 1998): 88.
- Reef (February, 1991) Step In The Arena Album Review. The Source.
- Columnist. The 100 Best Rap Albums. The Source. Retrieved on 2010-12-07.
- "Top 25 Hip Hop Albums—Music Feature at IGN".
- "Gang Starr – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Gang Starr.
- "Gang Starr – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Gang Starr.