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Hard to Earn
Hard to Earn
Studio album by Gang Starr

Released

8 March 1994

Recorded

1992-1993 at D&D Studios in New York City, New York

Genre

Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop

Length

58:57

Label

Chrysalis/EMI Records

Producer

DJ Premier, Guru

Gang Starr chronology

Previous

Daily Operation (1992)

Next

Moment of Truth (1998)

Hard to Earn is the fourth album by American hip hop duo Gang Starr, released in 1994 on Chrysalis Records. Musically, the album is constructed around a harder, more stripped-down sound that is distinctively less melodic than the duo's previous work. Guest appearances on the album are supplied by Gang Starr Foundation members Group Home, Jeru the Damaja and Big Shug. It also features the single "DWYCK", which features hip hop duo Nice & SmoothHard to Earn is the duo's first album to carry the "Parental Advisory" label.

The album peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by DJ Premier and Guru.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Time
1. "Intro (The First Step) - - 0:54
2. "ALONGWAYTOGO" Guru Elam, Martin 4:13
3. "Code of the Streets" Guru Elam, Martin 3:29
4. "Brainstorm" Guru Elam, Martin 3:02
5. "Tonz 'o' Gunz" Guru Elam, Martin 3:55
6. "The Planet" Guru Elam, Martin 5:16
7. "Aiiight Chill..." - Elam, Martin 3:13
8. "Speak Ya Clout" Jeru the Damaja, Lil' Dap, Guru Davis, Elam, Heath, Martin 3:35
9. "DWYCK" Greg Nice, Guru, Smooth B Barnes, Elam, Martin, Mays 4:03
10. "Words from the Nutcracker" Melachi the Nutcracker Felder, Martin 1:29
11. "Mass Appeal" Guru Elam, Martin 3:41
12. "Blowin' Up the Spot" Guru Elam, Martin 3:10
13. "Suckas Need Bodyguards" Guru Elam, Martin 4:05
14. "Now You're Mine" Guru Elam, Martin 2:44
15. "Mostly tha Voice" Guru Elam, Martin 3:38
16. "F.A.L.A." Guru, Big Shug Elam, Guy 4:17
17. "Comin' for Datazz" Guru Elam, Martin 4:02

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