The Ownerz, indeed. The first Gang Starr full length in 5 years, and only their third in the last decade picks up exactly where Guru and Primo left off. It's Hip Hop 101 from the purists with love to the believers, and a proud, healthy disdain for the pretenders. Premier's production is still everything you'd hope for – he's kicking serious, soulful sample genius even in these days of difficult rights clearance – none of that hot robot $*!t here. Guru and his cast of guest players (Freddie Foxxx, Krumbsnatcha, Fat Joe, M.O.P., Snoop, NYG's, Smiley and others) aren't pulling any punches with the industry knocking – Clipse
's "Grindin'" gets redone in a skit as "(Hiney)", and in a guest spot, Jadakiss spits the line "I invest in haze and dope, because currently I'm a slave to (insert rhyming major label here.)" You already know that Gang Starr is probably the longest running, repeatedly successful group in the game, and as much as we'd love for them to be more prolific together, we won't complain as long as their sporadic albums have as many tight moments as Ownerz. Other tracks include "Put Up Or Shut Up" with Krumbsnatcha, "Sabotage", "Peace of Mine", "Deadly Habitz", "Who Got Gunz" with Fat Joe and M.O.P., "Riot Akt", "The Ownerz", "Zonin'", "Same Team, No Games" with NYG'z, the singles "Nice Girl, Wrong Place" & "Skills", and more. The CD is enhanced – featuring live video footage of Gang Starr performing "Skills" and "Full Clip", plus behind-the-scenes footage including interviews and more.