DJ Premier Breaks Down Gang Starr’s “Above The Clouds” | Beat Break Ep. 4

DJ Premier breaks down Gang Starr’s 「Above the Clouds」 ft. Inspectah Deck for Beat Break: #MomentOfTruth Edition

When Wu-Tang’s most underrated lyricist asked Guru what to rhyme about, the rapper simply responded, “Your mental.” The competitive session that followed spawned one of Gang Starr’s most beloved songs — and one of Premier’s greatest productions.

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Hip-hop was founded on adaptability, and Gang Starr is no exception. As MC Guru plainly states on the intro to the duo’s 1998 classic album ‘Moment of Truth’: “We adapt with the times…but it’s always Guru and Premier.”

Four years removed from the seminal ‘Hard to Earn,’ Guru’s street corner philosophies and Premier’s gutter-soaked production sounded more focused than ever. Leave it to a producer/DJ from Texas and an MC from Boston to refine the New York sound.

‘Hard to Earn’ was the apex of their climb to legitimacy, but ‘Moment of Truth’ was their rebuttal from the safety of rap’s Iron Throne. They wrapped a wizened jazzman cool around everything from working with the youth and the prison industrial complex to good old-fashioned Black Power, helped further by the likes of M.O.P., Inspectah Deck, and Scarface among others.

“The rejected stone is now the cornerstone,” Guru affirms on opener “You Know My Steez,” a bold claim for bars and beats that have held strong for 20 years. Just ask a young Joey Bada$$, who credits Moment of Truth with inspiring him to pick up the mic.

“Beat Break: DJ Premier” is a behind-the-scenes look at eight of the biggest records on ‘Moment of Truth.’ Rest in peace, Guru.

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ABOVE & BEYOND (Official Music Video) | Madhav Gopi Nair

Presenting 『Above & Beyond』, a Progressive Carnatic Rock single based on the Sindhubhairavi Tillana composed by Kanyakumari Avasarala Amma.

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Madhav’s costume : Pilot & Priest by Avinash Prabhakar
Special thanks to Church of Our Lady of Life, Mattancherry

Violin, Additional Arrangements : Madhav Gopi Nair
Keyboard and Arrangements, Mix and Master : Glenton Francis
Guitars : Akash S Menon
Drums : Unnikrishnan Kalidas
Mridangam : Abhimanyu Kamath

Audio Recorded by:
Dil Vinu at Sonic Island, Kochi
Akshaya MC at K7 Studios, Kochi
Sreekanth at Pooja Sudio, Tripunithura
Santhosh at The Third Eye Studios, Bangalore
Jacob at Your Music Base, Bangalore

Editing, DI, Grading : Aswin Lal
Cinematographer : Adithya Narayanan MS
Assistants : Vishnu Vijayan, Ashwin Kumar

Album Art, Posters : Avinash Prabhakar

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Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able [Official Music Video]

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