The Ownerz

The Ownerz is the sixth studio album by the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, and the last released during Guru’s lifetime. It was released in June 24, 2003 by Virgin. It was well-received critically and boasts four singles, "Skills", "Rite Where U Stand", "Nice Girl, Wrong Place", and "Same Team, No Games".

The Ownerz
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 24, 2003 (US)
Recorded2002–03
D&D Studios and Avatar Studios in New York, New York
GenreEast Coast hip hop, underground hip hop, jazz rap, hardcore hip hop
Length57:04
LabelVirgin/EMI Records
7243 5 80247 0 8
V0-80247
ProducerDJ Premier (Producer)
Guru (Co-producer)
Gang Starr chronology
Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr
(1999)
The Ownerz
(2003)
Mass Appeal: the Best of Gang Starr
(2006)
Singles from The Ownerz
  1. "Skills"
    Released: November 5, 2002[1]
  2. "Nice Girl Wrong Place"
    Released: April 8, 2003[2]
  3. "The Ownerz"
    Released: September 30, 2003[3]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]
HipHopDX4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork7.5/10[8]
RapReviews9/10[9]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Intro (HQ, Goo, Panch)" – 0:46
  2. "Put Up or Shut Up" (featuring Krumbsnatcha) – 3:15
  3. "Werdz from the Ghetto Child" (featuring Smiley The Ghetto Child) – 1:09
  4. "Sabotage" – 2:22
  5. "Rite Where U Stand" (featuring Jadakiss) – 3:37
  6. "Skills" – 3:17
  7. "Deadly Habitz" – 4:12
  8. "Nice Girl, Wrong Place" (featuring Boy Big) – 3:32
  9. "Peace of Mine" – 3:01
  10. "Who Got Gunz" (featuring Fat Joe & M.O.P.) – 3:36
  11. "Capture (Militia Pt. 3)" (featuring Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx) – 3:23
  12. "PLAYTAWIN" – 3:11
  13. "Riot Akt" – 4:04
  14. "(Hiney)" – 1:31
  15. "Same Team, No Games" (featuring NYG'z & H. Stax) – 3:44
  16. "In This Life..." (featuring Snoop Dogg & Uncle Reo) – 3:03
  17. "The Ownerz" – 2:57
  18. "Zonin'" – 2:54
  19. "Eulogy" – 2:54
  20. "Natural" [Japan Bonus Track] – 2:46
  21. "Tha Squeeze" [Japan Bonus Track] – 3:29

In other mediaEdit

The track "Same Team, No Games" is featured in DJ Premier's playlist for the 2015 video game NBA 2K16.[10]

The Track "The Squeeze" is previously featured on the Training Day Soundtrack.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 51
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 40
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 39
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 50
Italian Albums (FIMI)[15] 75
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 74
US Billboard 200[19] 18
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[20] 5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/skills-mw0000724742
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/nice-girl-wrong-place-mw0000412464
  3. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-ownerz-mw0000419998
  4. ^ "The Ownerz by Gang Starr Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=lRgtYCC6OUwC&pg=PA322&dq=rolling+stone+gang+starr&cd=1&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=gang&f=false. Page 322
  7. ^ HipHopDX review
  8. ^ Hreha, Scott (July 13, 2003). "Gang Starr: The Ownerz". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 13, 2003.
  9. ^ RapReviews review
  10. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (July 24, 2015). "Get your groove on with the official NBA 2K16 soundtrack". VG247. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gang Starr – The Ownerz" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Gang Starr: The Ownerz" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Gang Starr – The Ownerz". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Gang Starr – The Ownerz". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Gang Starr – The Ownerz". Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Gang Starr – The Ownerz". Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Gang Starr | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  19. ^ "Gang Starr Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Gang Starr Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.