The Ownerz - Gang Starr
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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. The pair simply revert to the beats and concerns that made them an institution in hip-hop's golden age; except for the occasional cameo (Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss), The Ownerz could have hit the streets a decade ago without raising eyebrows.
  3. There's plenty here to celebrate for consistency's sake-- because for what they've lacked in evolution, Guru and Premier have more than repaid in reliability.
  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. 70
    Their continued presence is reassuring, confirming that there are enough people sufficiently interested in old-fashioned rap music to ensure the group's survival. And this album, logically, is made for those listeners, not to pander to a theoretical multitude. [Aug 2003, p.94]
  6. It's almost a carbon copy of their early work. [Sep 2003, p.101]
  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