1/2 & 1/2

M.O.P., Gang Starr

About 1/2 & 1/2

"1/2 & 1/2" is a single by Gang Starr (feat. M. O. P.), taken from the soundtrack album Blade: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture, although it was not featured in the film itself. The song was later included on Gang Starr's album Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr. The track features samples from Jimmy Webb's "Gymnast's Ballet (Fingerpainting)", Mobb Deep's "Survival of the Fittest", M. O. P.'s "New Jack City", and Brother Arthur's "What You Gonna Do". The B-side to the single was "Gangsta Bounce" by Wolfpak.  


Year:
1998
50 
#1

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Here comes the revolutionist, executionist
Flip a triple six into three nines, cause a crucifix
Each man holdin, no man foldin
Coast is clear and Premier's in the green tank rollin
Prepare, get on your post and stand clear
They wantin to shut us down but the home team's here
What? You act like you're sweet or something
This ain't no Desert Storm bullshit war, we all dumpin
CODENAME, Jamel wit non-strap
Wit six clips of teflon, suited in camoflagued
Got kevlar helmets wit masses
Wearin mob gear in cause they try to infumigate us wit gases
MISSION--to seek and destroy
We were sent to get rid of you, make the situation critical
First Family will gradually, lift that ass up like gravity
And turn your body frame into a cavity
NFO--that's No Fair Ones
Watch me nine milly turn into a flare gun
Sparkin wit the same marksman
Known for gunnin and runnin and bombin 
Wit the lyrics squeeze of my gun barkin, YA HEARD!!
You know my family style
I'm goin out wit my gun in my hand like Big Mal
I ain't got nuttin to lose, so move on me if there's something to prove, fool
This is war

"There's a war goin on outside no man is safe from" 
"So what you gonna do since you know now"
"There's a war goin on outside" "It's impossible to stop" 

This world's a twisted maze, but I got the swiftest blades
My swords they can slice and dice precise ways
Those who come against me, can get blazed, sprayed and laid
No trace, just a glimpse of my face, hittin the shade
You look up, there's a full moon in the sky
And all my would-be enemies, yeah they're soon to die
Livin in this warzone, we frequent fly at home
Many of us grow violent prone, ain't tryin to be dyin alone
So I'ma take the competition wit me, Lord forgive me
But a whole bunch, of blood-suckin punks, is out to get me
In a flash of a moment, I slash vital components
Tryin to scheme on me and my team bitch, you know we own this
We can scrap, wit guns, knives, chains and bats
Whatever baby, erase that ass quick fast off the map
Plus they better bring, medical attention after I swing my weapon
Won't be no recovery, no divine intervention
No prevention, from gettin hung in the streets where I'm from
'Nuff blood shed, this war's just begun

"There's a war goin on outside no man is safe from" 
"So what you gonna do since you know now"
"There's a war goin on outside" "It's impossible to stop" 
"There's a war goin on outside no man is safe from" 
"So what you gonna do since you know now"
"There's a war goin on outside" "It's impossible to stop" 

How many predators out there that want me
That's how I stand off, NOW
I come to diminsh every one of you blood suckers
Hands off, lay em down NOW
ALL CULPRITS, be alarmed
First Officer Danze reportin for 'Nam
When I'm bringin the storm, I'm all in
Yes I done stepped in the chest of many men
THEN AGAIN, it's a part of my persona like puff stumps and marijuana
IIAAAH, scratch em out,  FIRE
From all angles, that's how we was trained
Either slay or be slain, it's in the game for my soul
To be as cold as the blood in my vein
Knowin my name, help niggas perform abnorm
FIRST FAMILY, let's get it on
Just keep in mind I'm a marksman, I'm sensitive about that there
So you better watch what you say to me, hear?
PLAY WIT EM fierce, know where to run
So I post and defend, forgive me Father I may sin
And thou shall remember the code of the street
(Hold heat), roll deep, (don't sleep) or you'll be murdered
Since I've arrived I learned how to survive on this earth
Holdin down this turf, now I declare WAR!!

"There's a war goin on outside no man is safe from" 
"It's impossible to stop" (YEAH!)
"There's a war goin on outside" "It's impossible to stop"
"No man is safe" "There's a war goin on outside"

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Gang Starr

Gang Starr was an influential East Coast hip hop duo that consisted of the late MC Guru and the DJ/producer DJ Premier. more »

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Written by: KEITH ELAM, JAMAL GERARD GRINNAGE, CHRISTOPHER E MARTIN, ERIC MURRY

Lyrics © Royalty Network, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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10 facts about this song

Genre
- "1/2 & 1/2" by Gang Starr falls under the genres of East Coast Hip Hop, Golden Age Hip Hop, and Jazz Rap.
Album
- It is part of the soundtrack for the 1998 American crime drama film "Blade."
Artists
- The rap duo Gang Starr comprised of Guru (Keith Elam) and DJ Premier (Christopher Edward Martin).
Group Origin
- Gang Starr originally formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985.
Collaboration
- "1/2 & 1/2" features Rap artists M.O.P.
Label
- It was released under the label Epic Soundtrax - a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
Lyrics
- Like many of Gang Starr's songs, "1/2 & 1/2" features dense, thought-provoking, and socially conscious lyrics.
Posthumous Release
- Although the album and song were released when Guru was alive, many fans now reminisce his lyrical prowess after his death in 2010.
Style
- DJ Premier is known to use samples from various artists across different genres, making the music backdrop for "1/2 & 1/2" rich and complex.
Popularity
- While not one of Gang Starr's most famous songs, "1/2 & 1/2" is a beloved song by the dedicated fans of this legendary hip hop duo.

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