The 50 Greatest Gang Starr Songs

#6. Gang Starr "The ? Remainz" (1994)

Album: "Suckas Need Bodyguards" single
Label:  Empire/NooTrybe/Virgin

Yet another sublime B-side (this time of "Suckaz Need Bodyguards") as Premier delivers one of his most brilliantly unconventional beats: a static-stacked series of multi-pitched bass and electric piano tones prone to fading out at Craig G's (sampled) urging ... then back in again. Sounding spry and reinvigorated after some of Hard to Earn's more blunted vocals, Guru promises chumps "cranium lumps," wisely advises scholars that "With a textbook sense/You can still be dense," and interpolates Robert Kelly whilst assuring listeners that he "ain't down with the weirdos." Peep this concerto.

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