James Bernard
March 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Hard to Earn

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Chrysalis, ERG

We gave it an A

Does this Brooklyn-based rap duo have something to prove? Certainly sounds like it on Hard to Earn. Leaning toward hard-edged funk and chaotic drumbeats with only the occasional horn, piano, or keyboard loop, DJ Premier seems determined to shake the ”jazz-rap” label once and for all. In his patented raspy alto, rapper Guru reminds us how long he’s been around and compensates for his lack of verbal gymnastics with charm and accessibility. A

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