The 50 Greatest Gang Starr Songs

#35. Gang Starr "Conspiracy" (1992)

Album: Daily Operation
Label: Chrysalis/EMI Records

Gang Starr's discussion of institutional racism is vintage KRS-caliber. That Guru and Premier chose never again to be quite as explicit in their social commentary shows their savvy in two respects: One, they realized that they'd done it so well with "Conspiracy"—addressing religion, education and standardized testing, and the music industry—that they didn't need to repeat themselves; and two, they knew that being more surreptitious with messages in their music—as opposed to being labeled some sort of "conscious rap" act—was the far more effective way to go in the long run. They were right.

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