Hard to Earn
Hard to Earn
Studio album by Gang Starr


8 March 1994




D&D Studios in New York City, New York


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop




Chrysalis/EMI Records


DJ Premier, Guru

Gang Starr chronology


Daily Operation (1992)


Moment of Truth (1998)

Hard to Earn is the fourth album by American hip hop duo Gang Starr, released in 1994 on Chrysalis Records. Musically, the album is constructed around a harder, more stripped-down sound that is distinctively less melodic than the duo's previous work. Guest appearances on the album are supplied by Gang Starr Foundation members Group Home, Jeru the Damaja and Big Shug. It also features the single "DWYCK", which features hip hop duo Nice & SmoothHard to Earn is the duo's first album to carry the "Parental Advisory" label.

The album peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Track listing

All songs produced by DJ Premier and Guru.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Time
1. "Intro (The First Step) - - 0:54
2. "ALONGWAYTOGO" Guru Elam, Martin 4:13
3. "Code of the Streets" Guru Elam, Martin 3:29
4. "Brainstorm" Guru Elam, Martin 3:02
5. "Tonz 'o' Gunz" Guru Elam, Martin 3:55
6. "The Planet" Guru Elam, Martin 5:16
7. "Aiiight Chill..." - Elam, Martin 3:13
8. "Speak Ya Clout" Jeru the Damaja, Lil' Dap, Guru Davis, Elam, Heath, Martin 3:35
9. "DWYCK" Greg Nice, Guru, Smooth B Barnes, Elam, Martin, Mays 4:03
10. "Words from the Nutcracker" Melachi the Nutcracker Felder, Martin 1:29
11. "Mass Appeal" Guru Elam, Martin 3:41
12. "Blowin' Up the Spot" Guru Elam, Martin 3:10
13. "Suckas Need Bodyguards" Guru Elam, Martin 4:05
14. "Now You're Mine" Guru Elam, Martin 2:44
15. "Mostly tha Voice" Guru Elam, Martin 3:38
16. "F.A.L.A." Guru, Big Shug Elam, Guy 4:17
17. "Comin' for Datazz" Guru Elam, Martin 4:02
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