The 50 Greatest Gang Starr Songs

#28. Gang Starr "JFK to LAX" (1998)

Album: Moment of Truth
Label: Noo Trybe/Virgin/EMI Records

During the recording of Moment of Truth, there was great uncertainty as to whether Guru would even be around to promote it after its completion, such were his pending legal troubles. On "JFK to LAX," one of the LP's dramatic high points, he addresses his arrest on a gun charge, his thoughts running the emotional gamut—anger, depression, defiance, remorse—before he concludes with acceptance of his own accountability: "And as I sit feelin' the pain in my wrist/I vow to myself that I'ma change this shit/Or at least I gotta try, or a part of me will die."

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