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Step in the Arena
Studio album by Gang Starr
Released January 15, 1991
Recorded Calliope Productions in New York, New York
Firehouse Studios in Brooklyn, New York
Such-A-Sound Studio in Brooklyn, New York, 1990
Genre Hip Hop
Length 49:18
Label Chrysalis/EMI Records
0946 3 21798 2 1
F2-21798
Producer DJ Premier
Guru
Professional reviews
   
Gang Starr chronology
No More Mr. Nice Guy
(1989)
Step In The Arena
(1991)
Daily Operation
(1992)
   

Step in the Arena is the second album by underground hip hop duo Gang Starr, released in January 1991. In 1991, the album was rated 3.5 out of 5 in The Source magazine[1]. 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 Rap Albums. In 2007 it was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by IGN.com [1].The song "Who's Gonna Take the Weight" was remixed for Grand Theft Auto IV by DJ Premier.

Contents

Track listing

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Name Tag [Premier & the Guru]" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
2 "Step In The Arena" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
3 "Form Of Intellect" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
4 "Execution Of A Chump [No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2]" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
5 "Who's Gonna Take The Weight?" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
6 "Beyond Comprehension" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
7 "Check The Technique" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
8 "Lovesick" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
9 "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
10 "Game Plan" DJ Premier, Guru *Instrumental*
11 "Take A Rest" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
12 "What You Want This Time?" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
13 "Street Ministry" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
14 "Just To Get A Rep" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
15 "Say Your Prayers" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
16 "As I Read My S-A" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
17 "Precisely The Right Rhymes" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru
18 "The Meaning Of The Name" Christopher Martin, Keith Elam DJ Premier, Guru Guru

Samples

Name Tag [Premier & the Guru]

Step In The Arena

Form Of Intellect

Execution Of A Chump [No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2]

  • "Don't it Drive You Crazy" by Pointer Sisters

Who's Gonna Take The Weight?

Beyond Comprehension

Check The Technique

Lovesick

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Take A Rest

What You Want This Time?

Street Ministry

Just To Get A Rep

  • "E.V.A." by Jean Jacques Perrey
  • "Funky For You" by Nice & Smooth (Vocals by Greg Nice)
  • "Eazy Street" by Eazy-E

Say Your Prayers

As I Read My S-A

  • "Easy to Be Hard" by Kole & Param

Precisely The Right Rhymes

  • "Outside Love" by Brethren
  • "Magdelena" by Leo Sayer

Album singles

Single information
"Just to Get a Rep"
  • Released: February 25, 1991
  • B-side: "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?"
"Lovesick"
  • Released: April 11, 1991
  • B-side: "What You Want This Time?", "Credit Is Due"
"Step in the Arena"
  • Released: August 29, 1991
  • B-side: "Check the Technique (Remix)", "Credit Is Due"

Album chart positions

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1991 Step in the Arena 121 19

Singles chart positions

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1991 Just to Get a Rep - - 5
Step in the Arena - - 5
Lovesick - - 11
Who's Gonna Take the Weight? - - 9

References

  1. Reef (February, 1991) Step In The Arena Album Review. The Source.

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