Album: Hard to Earn
Label: Chrysalis/EMI Records
At the time of its release, the second single off Hard to Earn couldn't help but pale in comparison to its immediate predecessor, "Mass Appeal." But what time has made more than abundantly evident is that "Code of the Streets" was an unequivocally great Gang Starr single all along. Not quite somber strings and "Substitution" drums finely chopped with a bounce set the table for a great Guru vocal performance in which he draws the parallels in perspectives between the joy-riding young gun and streets-centric rhyme slinger.