Gang Starr: Manifest
No More Mr. Nice Guy (EMI E2-98709)
Guru (vocals), DJ Premier (turntables, production).
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
On this recording, MC Guru (aka Baldhead Slick) and DJ Premier flip Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" into one of the most memorable songs to come out of New York in the early 1990s. This was one of the first uses of a bebop sample, and Guru wastes no time spilling his conscientious metaphor-driven rap over it. This record officially put Gang Starr (aka Gangstarr) on the radar.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley