Album: Moment of Truth
Label: Noo Trybe/Virgin/EMI Records

Maybe the best thing about Moment of Truth, Gang Starr's fifth and most important album after a four-year layoff, is the palpable hunger that pervades it—even on tracks lodged deep in the LP's sequence, such as the penultimate "Next Time." Memphis-style horn swells establish what initially feels like a somber tone till an amped Guru starts brandishing his ghetto gold credentials: "The underground is where I dwell at/It's where I find my heaven/And you find your hell at."