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March 8, 1994 (US)

Hard to Earn (1994)
Moment of Truth (1998)

Release date
8 March 1994


Gang Starr

Chrysalis Records

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1992–1993 D&D Studios (New York, New York)

Hip hop music, Underground hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

DJ Premier (Producer), Guru (Co-Producer)

Gang Starr albums, Hip hop music albums

Hard to Earn is the fourth album from the hip hop duo Gang Starr. It was released in 8 March 1994 and featured the singles "Mass Appeal", "DWYCK" and "Code of the Streets". Guest appearances on the album include Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, and Big Shug. At the time, all were part of the Gang Starr Foundation, which made the album a stepping-stone for future DJ Premier-helmed projects by Group Home and Jeru. The single "DWYCK" recorded in 1992 also featured hip hop duo Nice & Smooth. The track "Now You're Mine" originally appeared on the 1992 Soundtrack "White Men Can't Rap".


Hard to Earn is also the duo's first album to carry the "Parental Advisory" label.


Intro (The First Step)

  • "Scarlet Woman" by Weather Report

  • "Check the Rhime" by A Tribe Called Quest
  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
  • "Snow Creatures" by Quincy Jones
  • "Just Us" by Richard Pryor
  • Code of the Streets

  • "Little Green Apples" by Monk Higgins
  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
  • "Change the Beat (Female Version)" by Beside
  • Brainstorm

  • "Comic Strip" by Mikey Dread
  • "Community Auditions Theme" by Dave Maynard
  • Tonz 'O' Gunz

  • "Breakthrough" by Isaac Hayes
  • "Fire & Fury Grass Roots Speech (Side One)" by Malcolm X
  • The Planet

  • "The Cuckoo" by Taj Mahal
  • "It's All Because She's Gone" by Steve Davis
  • "Holy War (Live)" by Divine Force
  • "Lyte as a Rock" by MC Lyte
  • Aiiight Chill

  • "Love and Happiness" by Monty Alexander
  • "Dynomite - Part 1" by Tony Camillo's Bazuka
  • Speak Ya Clout

  • "Cucumber Slumber" by Weather Report
  • "Shack Up" by Banbarra
  • "Up Against the Wall" by Quincy Jones
  • "The Jam" by Graham Central Station
  • "Funk It Up" by Caesar Frazier

  • "Hey Jude" by Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers
  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
  • "Funky for You" and "No Bones in Ice Cream" by Nice & Smooth
  • "Bumpin' Bus Stop" by Thunder and Lightning
  • "Side One" by Redd Foxx
  • Words from the Nutcracker

  • "Lock It in the Pocket" by Grover Washington, Jr.
  • "Journey from Within" by The Crusaders
  • "Long Red" by Mountain
  • Mass Appeal

  • "Horizon Drive" by Vic Juris
  • "Pass Da Mic (Remix)" by Da Youngsta's
  • "Raw" by Big Daddy Kane
  • Blowin' Up the Spot

  • "All Night" and "I Didn't Come Rhythm" by George Clinton
  • Suckas Need Bodyguards

  • "Put Your Love (In My Tender Care)" by The Fatback Band
  • "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
  • Now You're Mine

  • "Feel the Heartbeat" by Treacherous Three
  • "Rock Box" by Run-DMC
  • Mostly Tha Voice

  • "Time Will Be Your Doctor" by Fuzzy Duck
  • "You Gots to Chill" by EPMD
  • "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" by James Brown
  • "Bam Bam" by Sister Nancy
  • F.A.L.A.

  • "Get Up and Dance" by Freedom
  • "Hard Like a Criminal" by Das EFX
  • Comin' for Datazz

  • "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
  • "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse) by Run-DMC
  • Songs

    1Intro (The First Step)0:55
    3Code of the Streets3:29


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