IT WAS ON THIS DATE MARCH 31, 1998 GANGSTARR RELEASED THEIR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM MOMENT OF TRUTH

Moment of Truth is the fifth album by hip hop duo Gang Starr, released on March 31, 1998 by Noo Trybe Records and Virgin Records. Gang Starr recorded Moment of Truth in sessions at D&D Studios. It is widely regarded as Gang Starr’s magnum opus, and one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

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Moment of Truth

Studio album by Gang Starr

Released March 31, 1998

Recorded 1997–98;
D&D Studios
New York City

Genre East Coast hip hopconscious hip hopjazz rap,hardcore hip hop

Length 78:37

Label Noo TrybeVirgin

Producer DJ PremierGuruGang Starr 

chronology

Hard to Earn Moment of Truth Full Clip: A. Decade of Gang Starr
(1999)

(1994) (1998) (1999)

Singles from Moment of Truth

  • “You Know My Steez”
    Released: November 18, 1997
  • “The Militia”
    Released: July 28, 1998

Professional ratings

Review scores Source Rating

AllMusic⭐⭐⭐

Chicago Tribune⭐⭐⭐⭐

Entertainment Weekly B+

Houston Chronicles ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Los Angeles Times ⭐⭐⭐

Muzik 7/10

NME 8/10

The Rolling Stone Album Guide ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Source 4.5/5

USA Today ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Commercial performance

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 on May 7, 1998. The lead single, “You Know My Steez,” became the duo’s second Billboard Hot 100 appearance in 1997, peaking at #76. Spin magazine ranked it as the #16 album of 1998. Pitchfork also ranked it as the 16th best album of 1998.

In popular culture

The album’s title track was featured in the 2011 Matthew McConaughey film The Lincoln Lawyer.The title track also appeared in the soundtrack of the 2001 video game Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 as well as an episode during the third season of the television show Mr. Robot. The song Work appears on ESPN promos for SC6 with Michael/JemeleWork also appeared in the 1998 movie “Caught Up” starring Bokeem Woodbine and was included on the soundtrack.

Track listing

#Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Length

1″You Know My Steez”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 4:07

2″Robbin Hood Theory”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 3:44

3″Work”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 2:57

4″Royalty”DJ Premier, GuruGuru, K-Ci & JoJo 5:11

5″Above the Clouds”DJ Premier, GuruGuru, Inspectah Deck 3:41

6″JFK 2 LAX”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 3:34

7″Itz a Set Up”DJ Premier, GuruGuru, Hannibal Stax 3:49

8″Moment of Truth”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 4:07

9″B.I. vs Friendship”DJ Premier, GuruGuru, M.O.P. 4:37

10″The Militia”DJ Premier, GuruGuru, Big ShugFreddie Foxxx4:48

11″The Rep Grows Bigga”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 4:55

12″What I’m Here 4″DJ Premier, GuruGuru 2:45

13″She Knowz What She Wantz”Guru, DJ Premier (co produced)Guru 3:00

14″New York Strait Talk”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 4:14

15″My Advice 2 You”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 2:31

16″Make ‘Em Pay”Guru, DJ Premier (co produced)Guru, Krumb Snatcha 4:21

17″The Mall”DJ Premier, GuruGuru, G-Dep, Shiggy Sha 3:40

18″Betrayal”DJ Premier, GuruGuru, Scarface 5:29

19″Next Time”DJ Premier, GuruGuru 3:06

20″In Memory Of…”DJ Premier, GuruDJ Premier, Guru 3:50

Chart positions

Weekly charts

Chart (1998)Peak position

Canadian Albums (Billboard) 14

Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 51

French Albums (SNEP) 70

German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 94

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 28

UK Albums (OCC) 43

US Billboard 200 6

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1998) Position

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 59

Singles

Chart positions from Billboard magazineYearSong

Billboard Hot 100Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Hot Rap SinglesDance/Electronic Singles Sales

1997″You Know My Steez”7615521998

“The Militia”–197–

References

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  17. ^ “The Lincoln Lawyer – Soundtracks”IMDb. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
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