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  • Summary: This is the first album in five years for the duo of DJ Premier and Guru.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. All the Gang Starr trademarks are in place, from Premier's perfect upchoruses to Guru's reedy voice cutting or instructing, and sounding better than ever.
  2. 80
    All told, a class act still in their prime. [Sep 2003, p.97]
  3. While it's not as immediately user-friendly as the group's early jazz-rap infusions, this album still bubbles with head-nodding boombox pleasures.
  4. 70
    While The Ownerz does not spark any new rap trends, it brings back the power of the basics. [Jun 2003, p.153]
  5. Hitting that formula and riding it has drained some of the passion out of this sound.
  6. 60
    Dignified and confident but slightly starved for ideas. [Aug 2003, p.125]
  7. So while The Ownerz does in some ways succeed in its quest to succinctly define the foundation of basic beats and rhymes, its insistent pining for bygone days ultimately reveals itself as lackluster nostalgia.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. coolfearthefuture
    Aug 2, 2003
    10
    This is pure hiphop here gangstarr returns.
  2. BenjaminH.
    Sep 10, 2003
    8
    I love Gangstarr, but on The Ownerz, there should be more tight tracks. There are about 5-6 really tight ones, some ok, then some were like, I love Gangstarr, but on The Ownerz, there should be more tight tracks. There are about 5-6 really tight ones, some ok, then some were like, what?? I expected more, but all in all it is hot. Expand
  3. MaartenV.
    Aug 13, 2008
    7
    This album has some very decent tracks, but not as many as i was used to find on Gang Starr albums. I'm a huge Gang Starr head and ive This album has some very decent tracks, but not as many as i was used to find on Gang Starr albums. I'm a huge Gang Starr head and ive got all the albums, but i must say that i place this album at the bottom of my Gang Starr album pile. still, it has some OK tracks for instance Capture, Same Team No Games and Who Got Gunz, imo this album is worth an overall 7. Expand

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