Step in the Arena
Step in the Arena
Studio album by Gang Starr


February 1991


1990 at Calliope Productions (New York City, New York), Firehouse Studios (Brooklyn, New York) and Such-A-Sound Studio (Brooklyn, New York)


Hip hop, jazz rap, East Coast hip hop, Golden Age hip hop




Chrysalis/EMI Records


DJ Premier, Guru

Gang Starr chronology


No More Mr. Nice Guy (1989)


Daily Operation (1992)

Step in the Arena is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Gang Starr, released in February 1991 on Chrysalis Records. Four singles were released from the album, and music videos were made for the songs "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?", "Just to Get a Rep" and "Step in the Arena".

Initially, the album was rated 3.5 out of 5 mics in The Source magazine, but it was later chosen by the magazine as one of their 100 Best Albums in 1998. The song "Who's Gonna Take the Weight" was remixed by DJ Premier for use in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by K. Elam and C. Martin, performed by Guru, and produced by DJ Premier and Guru.

No. Title Time
1. "Name Tag (Premier & The Guru)" 0:36
2. "Step in the Arena" 3:37
3. "Form of Intellect" 3:40
4. "Execution of a Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2) 2:42
5. "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?" 3:56
6. "Beyond Comprehension" 3:14
7. "Check the Technique" 3:59
8. "Lovesick" 3:27
9. "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" 2:19
10. "Game Plan" 1:08
11. "Take a Rest" 4:21
12. "What You Want This Time?" 2:42
13. "Street Ministry" 1:26
14. "Just to Get a Rep" 2:43
15. "Say Your Prayers" 1:25
16. "As I Read My S-A" 3:02
17. "Precisely the Right Rhymes" 3:25
18. "The Meaning of the Name" 2:55


  • Track 4 features piano performed by Lisle Leete.