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

When it dropped in late 1997, the triumphant lead single from Moment of Truth was the aesthetic antithesis of rap's then-dominant shiny-suit steez. When Premier announced, "The REEEAAAL ... HIP-HOP" over that classic Flash beat-box you could feel the relieved exhalation, and subsequent elation, of fellow purist-minded listeners worldwide. All was once again good with the world—Gang Starr was back.