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Step In The Arena - Gang Starr

Step In The Arena

Mass Appeal: The Best of Gang Starr
hip hop Hip-Hop Gang Starr rap classic

Gang Starr was an influential American hip-hop duo, composed of late rapper Guru (Backronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, real name Keith Elam) and DJ Premier (real name Chris Martin). Premier originally from Houston and Guru from Boston, but they were based in and represented Brooklyn, New York, epitomizing the New York City hip-hop sound. The entirety of Gang Starr's catalog, especially Step In The Arena (1991) ,Daily Operation (1992), and Hard To Earn (1994) are well-respected among critics and hip-hop heads alike. Show more ...

Step In The Arena - Gang Starr

Once you step in the arena, cheater; you're gonna be
Amazed when you gaze at the armor on this leader
Fully clad and glad to find a cause, I won't pause
Fear is a joke, slowpoke, I'm like claws

That'll rip cause your gift, is merely flesh
Superficial and I wish you, would give it a rest
But if you don't, I'll unsheathe my Excalibur
Like a noble knight, so meet ya challenger

A true hero, while you're a through zero
Gettin' beat to a pulp so that you can't run for help
I heard a gulp in your throat, 'cause you hope that I'll be merciful
But coo-cluck, I made you strut as I rehearse a few

Battle drills, and watch your bladder spill
Yellow fluid, check out how I mellowed into it
Face to feet to defeat, you can tell I'm into it
As I'm pullin' out my lance, to kill you and advance to
The winners throne 'cause I own you once you step in the arena


In the arena or rather coliseum
Theres people gatherin' by multitudes to see one
Perpetrator fall to the dust after the other
Quickly disposed of at the hand of a known brother

Born wit the art in his heart that is Spartacus
And one-to-one combat jack, just a thought of this
Match-up, makes Gang Starr wanna snatch up
One or two phrases from the new book with new pages

Of rhymes that are built like a chariot
Dope vocals carry it, to the battle set
If a beat was a princess, I would marry it
But now I must bow to the crowd as I stand proud

Victorious, glorious, understand now
'Cause battles and wars and much fights I have been through
One mc got beheaded, and you can too
Forget it, 'cause you'd rather be just a spectator

An onlooker, afraid you may get slayed or
Struck by a blow, from a mic gladiator
I betcha that later you might be sad that you played yourself
'Cause you stepped up, chest puffed out

And in just one lyric, you got snuffed out
'Cause rhymin' is serious, I'm strong, I'm like Hercules
Youll get hurt with these lines, close the curtains please
And suckers can jet 'cause I wreck once you step in the arena


In the arena or forum, weak mcs I will floor 'em
Causin' mayhem, I'll slay them, and the blood'll be pourin'
Furthermore I implore, that as a soldier of war
I go in only to win and be the holder of more

Trophies, titles and triumphs 'cause I dump all the sly chumps
Never choosin' to lose my spot, not once
For the mere idea of an opponent that I fear
Is foolish utterly, I mean but none'll be

Tryin' to toy wit a destroyer of many
You shitted your pants 'cause you can't figure any
Foe that can step to this concept so
You better sit again citizen, weak mcs I get rid of them

Watch the way they get distraught when they get caught
In the worst positions, 'cause they didn't listen
And tried goin' up against a hungry killer who's itchin'
To mame and murder, those who claimed that they were the
Toughest ones, they get done once they step in the arena