The 50 Greatest Gang Starr Songs

#21. Gang Starr "Step In the Arena" (1991)

Album: Step in the Arena
Label: Chrysalis/EMI Records

The title track to Gang Starr's sophomore album is a gladiator rap classic. Guru sounds in great form throughout, but is most impressive showing off his circuitous flow in verse three: "In the arena or forum/Weak MCs I will floor 'em/Causin' mayhem, I'll slay 'em/And the blood'll be pourin'/Furthermore I'll implore/That as a soldier of war/I go in only to win/And be the holder of more/Trophies, titles, and triumphs/'Cause I dump all the sly chumps/Never choosin' to loose my spot, not once."

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