In Hip Hop History Today: Gang Starr re-released their debut album No More Mr. Nice Guy April 22, 1989

No More Mr. Nice Guy is the debut album by hip hop duo Gang Starr, released in June 5 1989 and re-released April 22, 2008. Although it was regarded as a critical success amid the first wave of alternative hip hop acts such as Jungle Brothers and De La Soul, No 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 displays rap braggadocio and positive lyrics, along with references to the beliefs of the Nation of Gods and Earths. However, it also shows a mix of jazz-influenced beats, scratching techniques, and hardcore rap 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. Listen to No More Mr. Nice Guy below.

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