Album: Hard to Earn
Label: Chrysalis/EMI Records
Coming off the impeccably disciplined templates of Step in the Arena and Daily Operation (both near-perfect albums), Hard to Earn boldly announced its rawer steez out the gate with this, its sinister lead track. Guru's vocal is beyond blunted, distractingly drowsy. But Preem's beat—all Scooby Doo–ish haunted-house organ and scratched "Check the Rhime" vocal tics—packs the added low-end punch that would come to define his classic sound.