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No More Mr. Nice Guy
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Studio album by Gang Starr

Released

June 6, 1989

Recorded

1989

Genre

Hip hop, Jazz Rap

Length

53:28

Label

Wild Pitch Records

Producer

The 45 King, DJ Premier, Guru

Gang Starr chronology

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Step in the Arena (1991)

No More Mr. Nice Guy is the debut album by American hip hop duo Gang Starr, released on June 6, 1989, on Wild Pitch Records. Although it was regarded as a critical success amid the first wave of alternative hip hop acts such as Jungle Brothers and De La SoulNo More Mr. Nice Guy remains somewhat overshadowed by the highly influential debut albums by the aforementioned artists. Like other hip hop records of the time, the album contains rap braggadocio and positive lyrics performed by rapper Guru, along with references to the beliefs of the Nation of Gods and Earths. DJ Premier's production work includes jazz-influenced beats, scratched vocals, and hardcore hip hop elements, which would become the group's signature sound.

No More Mr. Nice Guy peaked at #83 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. "Positivity" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. The latter, although released as a single and video, never appeared on any of the group's greatest hits compilations.

TracklistingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Premier & The Guru" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 3:22
2. "Jazz Music" Guru Elam, Horne, Martin, Sonnenfeld DJ Premier, Guru 3:24
3. "Gotch U" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 3:04
4. "Manifest" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 4:55
5. "Gusto" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Mark the 45 King 3:12
6. "Positivity (Remix)" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 4:49
7. "Manifest (Remix)" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 5:09
8. "DJ Premier in Deep Concentration" - Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 3:07
9. "Conscience Be Free" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 3:54
10. "Cause and Effect" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 3:15
11. "2 Steps Ahead" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 3:40
12. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 3:14
13. "Knowledge" Guru, Damo D-Ski Chaney, Elam DJ Mark the 45 King 3:38
14. "Positivity" Guru Elam, Martin DJ Premier, Guru 3:30
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