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MusicStudy: Gang Starr – “Moment of Truth”

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For the Most Part, It All Comes Back to How You Flip the Break

By AMIR SAID (SA’ID)

Before I even knew what beatmaking was, the very first hip hop/rap song that got me interested in the ways in which beats where “put together” was Gang Starr’s “Words I Manifest.” I didn’t know how DJ Premier did what he did on that song, but when I heard it, I knew (in hindsight) that he, and the art form that he was helping to pioneer, would be big (to say the least) one day.

Fast forward about a decade later, and what I felt (what I knew) came to fruition. And of the many heatrock beats that Premier has made over the years, the new Gang Starr stand out for me is the incredibly moving and honest “Moment of Truth.”

The music and videos below are presented here for the purpose of scholarship.

Gang Starr – “Moment of Truth”


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About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual

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