#49. Gang Starr "Movin' On" b/w "Gusto" & "Knowledge" (1988)
Album: "Movin' On" single Label: Wild Pitch/EMI Records
It may come as shocking news to some that the pre-Premier Gang Starr (i.e. Guru with occasional help from rapper Damo-Ski) actually put out some quality recordings on Wild Pitch (a sluggish debut, "The Lesson," notwithstanding). Keithy E, as he was then known, comes off like a lost Flavor Unit soldier on this trio of 45 King–produced tracks from GS's sophomore single, the B-sides of which best suggest the classics to come. The fast rap of "Gusto" grooves with self-descriptive zeal. "Knowledge" memorably horn-stabs its way along the path to enlightenment (count Souls of Mischief among its fans).