Step In The Arena

Label
Virgin Records America
Release date
24 Sep 1998
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
47:26

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Name Tag (Premier & The Guru) 0:36 13,576
2 Step In The Arena 3:32 103,460
3 Form Of Intellect 3:39 26,180
4 Execution Of A Chump 2:41 6,152
5 Who's Gonna Take The Weight? 1:58 18,415
6 Beyond Comprehension 3:12 23,803
7 Check The Technique 3:57 52,210
8 Lovesick 3:26 18,616
9 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 2:18 41,125
10 Game Plan 1:07 21,359
11 Take A Rest 3:34 25,477
12 What You Want This Time? 2:40 20,850
13 Street Ministry 1:25 20,621
14 Just To Get A Rep 2:38 109,519
15 Say Your Prayers 1:24 20,826
16 As I Read My S-A 3:01 20,701
17 Precisely The Right Rhymes 3:24 18,621
18 The Meaning Of The Name 2:54 19,604

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  • mk741

    Tedious, sparse production job from Premier and Guru's flow is similarly monotone at times. Has some solid tracks in Check the Technique and Chump, but it sounds like they were still trying to find themselves artistically (not surprising considering how young the two look on the album cover). An overrated stepping stone to a truly great and much more realized album like Moment of Truth.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DefenceMan

    best rap album ever !!! <3

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • reort

    .... Damn ... Too good.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • aarONE119

    classic for all time

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ManDirky

    This album is just unbelievable! All these great vintage beats from 1991... damn

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Alphavillain

    Still seems so fresh. Awesome.

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Pop_Roda

    gangsta cracker friendly sounds, love it

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mrmocha

    At least one of the top 5 hip-hop albums of all time. It would be impossible to pick just one as the best.

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Timppa2000

    v true dat.

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • shaolindk

    This is my favourite album ever. Regardless of genre.

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • IAJP

    stupidly good album

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Exeron91

    One of my favorite records! every track is a hit! R.I.P Guru - True genius!

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • fr4ukr4use

    Keith Edward Elam, may u truly rest in peace. Love!

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
  • beaumartinez

    The best Hip-Hop album of all time, period. Hands down. No matter what people tried before, and what people will try in future. There is not a single song in this album that is less than sublime. I tried to make a Gang Starr playlist, taking only the best songs from each album. As I was adding songs from Step In The Arena, I realised I'd have to add them all; that's how good it is. Such a variety of styles, of themes, of moods, of beats. "Once you step in the arena, cheater; / You're gonna be a- / Mazed when you gaze at the armor on this leader, / Fully clad and glad to find a cause, I won't pause; / fear is a joke, slowpoke, I'm like claws..."

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ikkefaen

    One of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Music-Ninja

    I Aree with the comment below, Guru is At His Best Here And The Beats Are Really Good, Not Premiers Typical Mono Sound we all know, But The Beats Are Awesome None To Less.

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Flesh-n-Bone

    Love all Gang Starr albums but I think this one and Daily Operation tie for place number one. I think I'd go with this one instead though. Moment of Truth is too long and the quality is not as good at the second half, Hard to Earn is too repetitive, The Ownerz simply doesn't have the same appeal although still one of the best albums from this decade and No More Mr Nice Guy is the duo finding their 'balance' and not yet what they'll become. This one is pretty much flawless.

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • songorocosongo

    this album is a cornerstone of golden age hip hop. when this came out, it was one of those tapes that got played and played and played until the shit just broke...there's not one flawed track on Step In The Arena.

    3 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Putureancient

    Nucleus of my music collection...all time fav

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • NDS2NZ

    my first vinyl

    3 Dec 2008 Reply
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