Moment of Truth
Moment of Truth
Studio album by Gang Starr


31 March 1998




D&D Studios (New York City, New York)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop




Noo Trybe/Virgin/EMI


DJ Premier, Guru

Gang Starr chronology


Hard to Earn (1994)


The Ownerz (2003)

Moment of Truth is the fifth album by American hip hop duo Gang Starr, released in 1998 on Noo Trybe Records. Released four years after their previous album, Hard to Earn, this album could be perceived as a comeback, with a newer, updated style of the group's already-established jazz-tinged hip hop. It features more guest artists than previous Gang Starr releases, including appearances by Inspectah Deck, Scarface, Freddie Foxxx, M.O.P. and others.

The album is the group's most commercially successful album to date. Moment of Truth debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It went on to sell over 500,000 copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA the same year. The lead single, "You Know My Steez", became the duo's second Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1997, peaking at #76.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by DJ Premier and co-produced by Guru, expect "She Knowz What She Wantz" and "Make 'Em Pay" produced by Guru and co-produced by DJ Premier.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Time
1. "You Know My Steez" Guru Elam, Martin 4:08
2. "Robbin Hood Theory" Guru Elam, Martin 3:44
3. "Work" Guru Elam, Martin 2:58
4. "Royalty" Guru, K-Ci & JoJo Elam, Hailey, Hailey, Martin 5:11
5. "Above the Clouds" Guru, Inspectah Deck Elam, Hunter, Martin 3:41
6. "JFK 2 LAX" Guru Elan, Hendley, Martin, Wilson 3:35
7. "Itz a Set Up" Guru, Hannibal Elam, Johnson, Martin 3:49
8. "Moment of Truth" Guru Elam, Martin 4:07
9. "B.I. vs Friendship" Guru, M.O.P. Elam, Grinnage, Martin, Murray 4:38
10. "The Militia" Guru, Big Shug, Freddie Foxxx Campbell, Elam, Guy, Martin 4:49
11. "The Rep Grows Bigga" Guru Elam, Martin 4:55
12. "What I'm Here 4" Guru Elam, Martin 2:45
13. "She Knowz What She Wantz" Guru Elam, Martin 3:01
14. "New York Strait Talk" Guru Elam, Martin 4:14
15. "My Advice 2 You" Guru Elam, Martin 2:32
16. "Make 'Em Pay" Guru, Krumb Snatcha Elam, Gibbs, Martin 4:22
17. "The Mall" Guru, G-Dep, Shiggy Sha Coleman, Elam, Jackson, Martin 3:40
18. "Betrayal" Guru, Scarface Allen, Brown, Dickerson, Elam, Jordan, Jordan, Martin, Miller, Oskar, Scott 5:30
19. "Next Thing" Guru Brown, Elam, Higgins, Martin 3:06
20. "In Memory of..." Guru Elam, Martin 3:50
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