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Guru Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures [Album]

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For the seventh chapter in the book of Guru, Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures, the former Gang Starr mastermind strips away from the cocktail and smoke settings of Jazzmatazz and returns to the pastures that made him one of hip-hop’s most revered and skilled MCs: the pavement of New York City. Nearly a 20-song homage to the Big Apple, Guru nods in the direction of the city’s future, having such established and up-and-coming MCs as Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, and Styles P make guest appearances. Surprisingly, the album is produced in its entirety by Solar, a bold move considering Guru‘s finest moments often occurred when DJ Premier was behind the mixing disc and drum machine. Having a consistent producer throughout also leads to a bit of monotony in arrangement, leaving Street Scriptures with a dragging feeling toward the conclusion. This could have been trimmed down to a 14-song release, which would have increased the impact of the album on the whole. And while Guru still rhymes better than most, he does have his off moments from time to time, and thankfully there’s more than one guest appearance to help songs move along to their conclusion. Not his strongest outing, but certainly an improvement over Baldhead Slick & da Click and the last Jazzmatazz record.


Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger – Back to the Future [Download]

Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger - Back to the Future

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Cuz I’m Jazzy (feat. Slum Village) Guru 3:02 $0.99 View In iTunes

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State of Clarity (feat. Common & Bob James) Guru 3:32 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Stand Up (Some Things’ll Never Change) [feat. Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley] Guru 3:37 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Look to the Sun Guru 3:28 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Connection (feat. Kem) Guru 3:26 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Fine and Free (feat. Vivian Green) Guru 3:26 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Wait On Me (feat. Raheem DeVaughn) Guru 3:06 $0.99 View In iTunes

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International (feat. Bobby Valentino) Guru 4:10 $0.99 View In iTunes

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This Is Art (feat. Ronnie Laws) Guru 2:22 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Fly Magnetic (feat. Dionne Farris) Guru 3:02 $0.99 View In iTunes

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The Jazz Style (feat. Omar) Guru 3:42 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Follow the Signs (feat. Shelley Harland) Guru 4:36 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Universal Struggle (feat. Brownman) Guru 3:33 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Infinite (feat. Blackalicious) Guru 3:12 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Kissed the World (feat. Caron Wheeler) Guru 3:42 $0.99 View In iTunes

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Living Legend (feat. David Sanborn) Guru 4:29 $0.99 View In iTune