Boogie Down Productions
By All Means Necessary


5.0
classic

Review

by snoopdogg6969 USER (11 Reviews)
September 9th, 2012 | 21 replies | 3,340 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best album to begin your introduction to KRS-ONE as long as you have patience and appreciation of 80s style rap and political lyrics.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Instead of adopting the now familiar theme to a rap album and wasting time croaking about the hookers hes bought, the greed he flaunts, the drugs he took to make him retarded, and finally showing some originality on the last track by drunkenly crying out "SHIT IS REAL IN THE HOOD!" 22 year old KRS-ONE, motivated by the very recent death of his longtime best friend (and BDP DJ) Scott La Rock - and hungry as hell to bring justice to a society that tormented him since he was left homeless at age 13, created an enlightened and poetically brilliant album that undeniably succeeded in his goal of playing a major role in lowering violent crime rates throughout the 90's.

The lyrics make this album a classic. The rhyming style/flow is that slow rhythmic 80's-beastie boys style. Most of the beats have their influence from funk or jazz. The songs can be divided into smoother-jazz songs and rougher and louder RUN-DMC sounding songs.

THE SMOOTH TRACKS:

The verses in the song stop "Stop the Violence" are so flawless they completely overshadow the mediocre chorus and boringly simple beat of a repeating horn. Every problem with the USA he brought up in 1988, remains true and often even more severe 24 years later in 2012. If you are going to listen to one song from this album, hell, if you are going to listen to one 80s rap song, it should definitely be Stop the Violence. The name of the song comes from the late 70's group Zulu Nation who started the Stop the Violence movement.

"My Philosophy" is the jazziest and most enjoyable song on the album. It uses sporadic saxophone segments and mixes with the flow of KRS-ONE like melted cheese on nachos.

Im Still #1's beat sounds like a ninja turtle video game theme song. Very slow, simple, smooth and rhythmic at the start, makes you feel like your just plowin' through goons, but then out of nowhere heres the boss! SHREDDER, and the beat drops DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN with a trumpet. This song is is about the rap world and world in general heading in the wrong direction, and him trying to stop it.

"JIMMY" is a hilarious song about STD prevention. Wear a hat jimmy! This song has the second most smooth and most modern sounds on the album(behind "my philosophy)"; and is by far the funniest song. Any fan of comedic rap will love the satiric stories of STD prevention crafted into such an enjoyable song.

Ya slippin' features segments of a guitar playing the banal Deep Purple "Smoke on the Water", but it remixes it and combines it with a crowd "OHH'S" to make a good production.

THE ROUGH TRACKS:

"Illegal Business" continues where My Philosophy and Stop the Violence left off with slow witty rhyming but this song has a more hardcore/obnoxious sound (depending on your opinion).He really makes a strong argument through this song, if you turned in these lyrics for a history paper on 1980s US business you would get an A.


"Part Time Suckers" is related to the previous song, Still #1, which basically calls out all the trash in the rap world. "out of thousands and thousands of MC's, 1 poet will flow in the breeze". Very very simple drum beat on this song.

The last song explains the name of the album through recited poetry rather than rapping. By All Means Necessary was a famous quote from a Malcolm X speech, but KRS-ONE much better resembles Martin Luther King the way he refuses to adopt the logic that two rights make a wrong, and kills people lyrically rather than literally.

Throughout the album KRS-ONE uses satire, comedy, story telling, metaphors, poetry, history and "insanely rational" arguments while still showing impressive rhyming skill in virtually every verse in the album. But whats even more impressive is KRS-ONE's non-violent message spread like cancer from this album. A cancer that benignly grew the brain of hip hop while other rappers infested it like pubic lice, sucking it dry like mosquitoes until it almost died.

CONS:

The biggest problem is that some songs have very simple, repetitive and sometimes annoying choruses. Most of KRS-ONE's courses are frustrating but there really is poetic gold in the verses that more than makes up for them, and the chorus' will eventually become more enjoyable with more listens, and keep in mind disliking this music for its choruses is like disliking acoustic tracks for their lyrics; its not meant to be the forte of the music. Enjoying this album requires that you have some appreciation and patience with the slower production and rhyming that was typical in the late 80s. That RUN-DMC or Beastie Boy's sound.

The only other problem is that some songs are more educational than entertaining, they resemble rhyming history lessons more than anything else, history lessons where the teacha screams out "ILLEGAL BUSINESS CONTROLS AMERICA" dances around for 2 seconds while drumming, screams "COCAINE BUSINESS CONTROLS AMERICA" and resumes the lesson like nothing happened.



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snoopdogg6969
September 9th 2012



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Stop voting down my reviews without saying whats wrong with them please

Shuyin
September 9th 2012



11168 Comments


its poorly written, didnt vote tho

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NoMeansYes
September 9th 2012



1012 Comments


it will change your outlook on life profoundly

be saved from your own ignorance


I didn't vote but comments like these understandably breed hate

snoopdogg6969
September 9th 2012



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Theres really no other way to describe this album but "saving you from your ignorance" part does
sound bad, thanks for your criticism.

snoopdogg6969
September 9th 2012



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

poorly written as in? uninteresting? too long? too sloppy? what?

snoopdogg6969
September 9th 2012



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

OK I just finished editing this for the final time. please tell me your opinions on it because I want to get a great review on the record for this album.

NoMeansYes
September 9th 2012



1012 Comments


It definitely reads a lot better, but there's far too much hyperbole which makes it very 'fanboy-sounding'. Also, there's little mention of the music/beatsr, only focusing on the themes of the lyrics as opposed to the delivery which I could have got from just reading the lyrics.

random
September 9th 2012



2259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"My Philosophy" is great!

snoopdogg6969
September 10th 2012



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

OK i tried to make it more objective and ill add more about the sound soon.

NoMeansYes
September 11th 2012



1012 Comments


Honestly, I think this a great review now! pos'd. quite entertaining and gives a good impression of the sound, keep up this style in your subsequent reviews and you'll have no problems!

snoopdogg6969
September 11th 2012



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for your advice

snoopdogg6969
September 11th 2012



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

it really helped i was goin all over the place on the original review

dannyboy89
February 18th 2013



11911 Comments


This album rules hard.

ethixx
February 18th 2013



1170 Comments


yea

FearTomorrow
February 19th 2014



1690 Comments


We're gettin'

NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR VOUS

Gwyn.
February 19th 2014



14894 Comments


I wish Hillary hadn't ruined this for me

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DikkoZinner
February 19th 2014



2693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album.

FearTomorrow
February 19th 2014



1690 Comments


Classic shit

DikkoZinner
May 28th 2014



2693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"For suckers like you, I turn the power up to critical"

DikkoZinner
July 17th 2014



2693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

1,2,3 the crew is called BDP



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