The 50 Greatest Gang Starr Songs

#24. Gang Starr "The Place Where We Dwell" (1992)

Album: Daily Operation
Label: Chrysalis/EMI Records

Gang Starr's open love letter to the group's adopted home of BK is not just a musically minimalist gem (just a noisy drum loop, "Go, Brooklyn" chants, and Premier on the turntables), it's also a relic from a different era. Strange today hearing Guru on some "Don't be afraid to venture over the bridge"-shit when in the years since everybody and their brother decided to move to Brooklyn. The second half of its opening couplet was later co-opted for the hook of "Crooklyn" ("Never takin' shorts cause Brooklyn's the borough").

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