Moment of Truth
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 31, 1998
D&D Studios
New York City
GenreEast Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop, jazz rap[1], Hardcore hip hop,
LabelNoo Trybe, Virgin
ProducerDJ Premier, Guru
Gang Starr chronology
Hard to Earn
Moment of Truth
Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr
Singles from Moment of Truth
  1. 'You Know My Steez'
    Released: November 18, 1997[2]
  2. 'The Militia'
    Released: July 28, 1998[3]

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Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Houston Chronicle[6]
Los Angeles Times[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[10]
The Source4.5/5[11]
USA Today[12]

Moment of Truth is the fifth album by hip hop duo Gang Starr, released on March 31, 1998 by Noo Trybe Records and Virgin Records. Gang Starr recorded Moment of Truth in sessions at D&D Studios. It is widely regarded as Gang Starr's magnum opus, and one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album is the group's most commercially successful album to date. Moment of Truth debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. It went on to sell over 500,000 copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 7, 1998.[13] The lead single, 'You Know My Steez,' became the duo's second Billboard Hot 100 appearance in 1997, peaking at #76. Spin magazine ranked it as the #16 album of 1998.[14]Pitchfork also ranked it as the 16th best album of 1998.[15]

In popular culture[edit]

The album's title track was featured in the 2011 Matthew McConaughey film The Lincoln Lawyer.[16][17][18] The title track also appeared in the soundtrack of the 2001 video game Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 as well as an episode during the third season of the television show Mr. Robot. The song Work appears on ESPN promos for SC6 with Michael/Jemele. Work also appeared in the 1998 movie 'Caught Up' starring Bokeem Woodbine and was included on the soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

#TitleProducer(s)Performer (s)Length
1'You Know My Steez'DJ Premier, GuruGuru4:07
2'Robbin Hood Theory'DJ Premier, GuruGuru3:44
3'Work'DJ Premier, GuruGuru2:57
4'Royalty'DJ Premier, GuruGuru, K-Ci & JoJo5:11
5'Above the Clouds'DJ Premier, GuruGuru, Inspectah Deck3:41
6'JFK 2 LAX'DJ Premier, GuruGuru3:34
7'Itz a Set Up'DJ Premier, GuruGuru, Hannibal Stax3:49
8'Moment of Truth'DJ Premier, GuruGuru4:07
9'B.I. vs Friendship'DJ Premier, GuruGuru, M.O.P.4:37
10'The Militia'DJ Premier, GuruGuru, Big Shug, Freddie Foxxx4:48
11'The Rep Grows Bigga'DJ Premier, GuruGuru4:55
12'What I'm Here 4'DJ Premier, GuruGuru2:45
13'She Knowz What She Wantz'Guru, DJ Premier (co produced)Guru3:00
14'New York Strait Talk'DJ Premier, GuruGuru4:14
15'My Advice 2 You'DJ Premier, GuruGuru2:31
16'Make 'Em Pay'Guru, DJ Premier (co produced)Guru, Krumb Snatcha4:21
17'The Mall'DJ Premier, GuruGuru, G-Dep, Shiggy Sha3:40
18'Betrayal'DJ Premier, GuruGuru, Scarface5:29
19'Next Time'DJ Premier, GuruGuru3:06
20'In Memory Of…'DJ Premier, GuruDJ Premier, Guru3:50

Chart positions[edit]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1998)Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19]14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[20]51
French Albums (SNEP)[21]70
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22]94
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23]28
UK Albums (OCC)[24]43
US Billboard 200[25]6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[26]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998)Position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[27]59


Chart positions from Billboard magazine

YearSongBillboard Hot 100Hot R&B/Hip-Hop SongsHot Rap SinglesDance/Electronic Singles Sales
1997'You Know My Steez'761552
1998'The Militia'59197

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abErlewine, Stephen Thomas. 'Moment of Truth – Gang Starr'. AllMusic. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
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  4. ^Baker, Soren (April 10, 1998). 'Gang Starr: Moment of Truth (Noo Trybe)'. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  5. ^Tyehimba, Cheo (April 24, 1998). 'Moment of Truth'. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  6. ^Jam, Billy (March 29, 1998). 'Gang Starr, Moment of Truth, Noo Trybe'. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  7. ^Johnson, Brett (April 26, 1998). 'Gang Starr, 'Moment of Truth,' Noo Trybe/Virgin'. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  8. ^McPhail, Pete (June 1998). 'Gang Starr: Moment of Truth (Cooltempo)'. Muzik (37): 82.
  9. ^Batey, Angus (April 11, 1998). 'Gang Starr – Moment of Truth'. NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  10. ^McLeod, Kembrew (2004). 'Gang Starr'. In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 322. ISBN0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^'Gang Starr: Moment of Truth'. The Source (104): 145. May 1998.
  12. ^Jones, Steve (March 31, 1998). 'Gang Starr returns for a big 'Moment''. USA Today.
  13. ^'Gold & Platinum - Gang Starr'. RIAA. May 7, 1998.
  14. ^'Spin Magazine's The 20 Best Albums of 1998'. Rocklist. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  15. ^'The 50 Best Albums of 1998'. Pitchfork. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  16. ^Barone, Matt (March 18, 2011). 'Review: 'The Lincoln Lawyer' (Starring Matthew McConaughey)'. Complex. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  17. ^'The Lincoln Lawyer - Soundtracks'. IMDb. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  18. ^Jagernauth, Kevin. ''The Lincoln Lawyer' Soundtrack Features Erik B. & Rakim, Gang Starr, deadmau5 & More'. IndieWire. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  19. ^'Gang Starr Chart History (Canadian Albums)'. Billboard.
  20. ^' – Gang Starr – Moment of Truth' (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  21. ^' – Gang Starr – Moment of Truth'. Hung Medien.
  22. ^'Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline' (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  23. ^' – Gang Starr – Moment of Truth'. Hung Medien.
  24. ^'Gang Starr Artist Official Charts'. UK Albums Chart.
  25. ^'Gang Starr Chart History (Billboard 200)'. Billboard.
  26. ^'Gang Starr Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)'. Billboard.
  27. ^'Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1998'. Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2021.

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