Album: Step in the Arena Label: Chrysalis/EMI Records
This is without question the best hip-hop record to ever include the terms "puny protozoa" and "Petri dish" in its lyrics. But seriously, for all the times Guru's voice has been described as a "monotone," you'd think he flowed like some emotionless robot devoid of finesseâ€”something that couldn't be further from the truth given classics like "Check the Technique." In fact, between this, "Step in the Arena," and "Take a Rest," he's probably never sounded so agile on record. Production-wise, if you're wondering why no one else has tried flipping Marlena Shaw's "California Soul" since Premier got to it back in '91, it's because it'd be pointless to try; the OG is still basically synonymous with "Check the Technique" after all these years.