Gang Starr, one of the top rap acts in the second wave of New York hip hop that followed in the wake of Public Enemy, yet preceded the Notorious B.I.G., has returned with its first album in four years, "Moment of Truth," which arrived in stores this week.
Band principals Guru and DJ Premier have spent the downtime since 1994's "Hard to Earn" working on their respective solo projects -- Guru formed the jazz/hip-hop fusion group Jazzmatazz, while Premier manned the boards as a producer and remixer for a variety of acts, including Biggie and Janet Jackson.
Premier and Guru's past experiments with other urban styles helped inspire the recording of the current single from the album, "Royalty," which features vocals by Jodeci's K-Ci and Jo-Jo -- who currently have a number one pop hit of their own with "All Of My Life."
"We didn't make an R&B track," Guru told MTV News, "we made a Gang Starr track, and we were confident enough to know that they would bless us and come
into our vibe, and take it to another level, that's what we want."