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Hard To Earn
Studio album by Gang Starr
Released March 8, 1994 (US)
Recorded 1992 - 1993 at D&D Studios in New York, New York
Genre Hip-hop
Length 58:57
Label Chrysalis/EMI Records
7243 8 28435 2 8
F2-28435
Producer DJ Premier (Producer)
Guru (Co-producer)
Professional reviews
Gang Starr chronology
Daily Operation
(1992)
Hard To Earn
(1994)
Moment of Truth
(1998)

Hard to Earn is the fourth album from the hip hop duo Gang Starr. The album was released in March of 1994 and featured the single "Mass Appeal." Other singles from the album include "DWYCK" and "Code of the Streets."

Contents

Track listing

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Intro [The First Step]" DJ Premier, Guru *Instrumental*
2 "ALONGWAYTOGO" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
3 "Code Of The Streets" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam Guru, DJ Premier Guru
4 "Brainstorm" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
5 "Tonz 'O' Gunz" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
6 "The Planet" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
7 "Aiiight Chill..." Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru *Skit*
8 "Speak Ya Clout" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam, Jeru Kendrick Davis, Heath DJ Premier, Guru Jeru the Damaja, Lil' Dap, Guru
9 "DWYCK" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam, Greg Mays, Daryl Barnes DJ Premier, Guru Guru, Nice & Smooth
10 "Words From The Nutcracker" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam, Felder DJ Premier, Guru Melachi the Nutcracker
11 "Mass Appeal" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
12 "Blowin' Up The Spot" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
13 "Suckas Need Bodyguards" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
14 "Now You're Mine" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
15 "Mostly Tha Voice" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
16 "F.A.L.A." Keith Elam, Cary Guy DJ Premier, Guru Big Shug, Guru
17 "Comin' For Datazz" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru

Samples

Intro [The First Step]

A Long Way To Go

Code Of The Streets

  • "Little Green Apples" by Monk Higgins & the Specialites
  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss

Tonz 'O' Gunz

The Planet

Aiiight Chill...

Speak Ya Clout

  • "Shack Up" by Banbarra
  • "Funk it Up" by Caesar Frazier
  • "Up Against the Wall" by Quincy Jones
  • "Cucumber Slumber" by Weather Report

DWYCK

  • "Hey Jude" by Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers
  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
  • "No Bones In Ice Cream" by Nice & Smooth
  • "Intro Promo" by Redd Foxx

Words From The Nutcracker

Mass Appeal

Blowin' up the Spot

Suckas Need Bodyguards

Now You're Mine

Mostly tha Voice

  • "Hey, Last Minute" by The Meters
  • "Bam Bam" by Sister Nancy

F.A.L.A

  • "Hard Like a Criminal" by Das EFX

Comin' for Datazz

Album singles

Single information
"Code of the Streets"
  • Released: 1994
  • B-side: "Speak Ya Clout"
"Dwyck"
  • Released: 1994
  • B-side:
"Mass Appeal"
  • Released: 1994
  • B-side:
"Suckas Need Bodyguards"
  • Released: 1994
  • B-side: "The ? Remainz"

Album chart positions

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1994 Hard to Earn 25 2

Singles chart positions

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1994 DWYCK - - 25 12
Mass Appeal 67 42 10 3
Code of the Streets - 83 33 5
Suckas Need Bodyguards - - 44 18
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