Album: Step In The Arena
Label: Chrysalis/EMI

In the canon of cautionary 'hood raps, "Just to Get a Rep" ranks up there with Slick Rick's "Children's Story" as one of hip-hop's greatest. In fact, the lead single off Gang Starr's sophomore album was the group's first hit record, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard rap chart. Premier grabbed the spacey 1970 song "E.V.A." from French electronic producer Jean Jacques-Perrey and brought it to BK via a sinister loop and a perfect Nice & Smooth hook. Five years later, House of Pain was out to tax by jacking the beat and getting Guru to drop a verse on the " Fed Up (remix)." That one came out sorta forgettable. But the rep's still intact. Donnie Kwak