Moment of Truth
Moment of Truth
Studio album by Gang Starr


31 March 1998


April 1997 - January 1998


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


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, jazz rap




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 March 31, 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 Time" Guru Brown, Elam, Higgins, Martin 3:06
20. "In Memory Of..." Guru Elam, Martin 3:50

Samples Edit

You Know My Steez

Robbin Hood Theory

  • "The Day After the Dawn" by Albert Dailey
  • "Capricorn" by George Duke


  • "Prove Your Love" by Fleetwood Mac
  • "Devil in the Dark" by The Manhattans
  • "Closer to God" by Krumb Snatcha


  • "Let's Do It in Slow Motion" by Latimore

Above the Clouds

  • "I Didn't Come Rhythm" by George Clinton
  • "Two Piece Flower" by John Dankworth


  • "It's Time to Break Down" by The Supremes

Itz a Set Up

  • "Coldblooded" by James Brown
  • "Beyond Yesterday" by Les McCann

Moment of Truth

  • "Let's Fall in Love All Other" by Billy Paul

B.I. vs. Friendship

  • "Come Live With Me" by Isaac Hayes

The Militia

  • "Stop and Check Yourself" by Garnet Mimms
  • "Windmills of Your Mind" by Barbara Lewis

The Rep Grows Bigga

  • "Come Dancing" by Jeff Beck

What I'm Here 4

  • "R.S.V.P." by Nat Adderley

She Knowz What She Wantz

  • "Sunnin' and Funnin'" by MSFB
  • "Itzsoweezee (HOT)" by De La Soul

New York Strait Talk

  • "It's My Thing" by EPMD

My Advice 2 You

Make 'Em Pay

  • "Repent Walpurgis" by Procol Harum
  • "You're Something Special" by Five Special
  • "Livin' Proof" by Group Home

The Mall

  • "Rainmaker" by The 5th Dimension
  • "Ain't No Stoppin' Us (Special Disco Version)" by McFadden & Whitehead


  • "Queen of Downs" by Giant (Funk Band)
  • "Deliver the Word" by War

Next Time

  • "A Good Man Is Gone" by Monk Higgins feat. Barbara Mason
  • "I Shot Ya (Remix)" by LL Cool J

In Memory Of...

  • "Here's That Rainy Day" by The Paul Horn Quintet
  • "You're Nobody (Til' Somebody Kills You)" by The Notorious B.I.G.
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