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Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 24, 2010

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In 1988, while Guru is looking for a new producer, a promising Texas-born beatmaker named Chris Martin (then-Waxmaster C, now-DJ Premier) loses his main MC, Top Cat (who he met at Prairie View A&M University, and with whom he formed the group Inner Circle Posse), to the Navy. With Top Cat's blessing, several hooks from the ICP demo are used on the 1989 Gang Starr debut LP, No More Mr. Nice Guy.

Damo is pictured with the Gang Starr crew on the back cover of the LP, but by that time has returned to Boston. Top Cat continues doing shows overseas while in the Navy, and eventually links up with his cousin Jaysaun (of Special Teamz and the Kreators, who went by MC Riv back then) as the Fresh Two Crew later on.

READ:Guru's Guru, How a mysterious Svengali dominated Guru's final days. By Chris Faraone

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