KRS-One
The BDP Album


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hillary Clittounge USER (16 Reviews)
March 18th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hard Rhymes For Hard Times

KRS-One takes Hip Hop more seriously than any other rapper. Releasing rap LPs nearly every year since 1987, he now directs much of his focus to reminding the youngsters about the forgotten roots of Hip Hop. He went to the United Nations and got “Hip Hop” officially recognized as a culture, attempted to make Hip Hop a type of spirituality forming the Temple of Hip Hop, and recently wrote the 600+ page “Gospel of Hip Hop”. This type of seriousness is why he is upset at the lack of focus in rap today, and why he is constantly distinguishing his music by calling it real Hip Hop and making battle songs.

On the song “Times Up”, KRS-One disses all DJ’s that use hard drives instead of turntables. His preference for low tech production makes this CD something that most casual fans of rap won’t enjoy. The beats are repetitive, but KRS-One is a master at timing the change in his topics and flow with the drops in the beat, giving every beat drop a dramatic suspense where the listener knows a dramatic or hilarious punchline is coming up. So while this is one of KRS-One’s least catchy albums, it still includes the usual: a complete KRS album with not a single wack verse. When the production works out it is nothing less than an extraordinary nostalgic blast from the past. On the Track “Cypher Remix” KRS-One takes aim at the new school of rap for an entire song over a beat that gives a flying in outer space feel, as if he’s that far over their head. Then on “The Solution” the always outspoken KRS-One gives his view on the state of the world and how forming a Hip Hop nation is imminent. On tracks like “Do It”, a break dancing song, the bass kicks in louder than any other track in the last twenty years; boom bap at its best. The problems only come occasionally with the irritating production/choruses on the songs “Tote Guns”, “Comin’ In”, and “All Day”.

This is much angrier and negative than most of KRS-One albums. The key to appreciating KRS-ONE’s music is understanding him, and this, his most recent LP, is not at all a good place to get any idea of the career of KRS-One. This album is mostly a dedication to the culture he has been representing for the majority of his life; it has its very high and low points musically. Yet for those who are frustrated with the imitativeness and childishness of much of modern day rap, this album is another breath of fresh air from KRS.

Best Track (In Order)
Cypher Remix
Do It
The Solution
Forever (Featuring Channel Live)
Introducing
I Do This for You



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fromtheinside
March 18th 2013


18717 Comments


its good but its no jesus piece

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porch
March 22nd 2013


8459 Comments


why don't people care about this washed up insane rapper

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


15050 Comments


123

alachlahol
March 22nd 2013


7501 Comments


never seen someone get so mad about people thinkin immortal technique sucks

Kman418
May 12th 2013


10744 Comments


8=====D~~~~ 0:

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Lakes.
May 12th 2013


28383 Comments


http://i.imgur.com/wSMrnYM.png

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InbredJed
May 12th 2013


6074 Comments


I've been diggin KRS-One for awhile ever since I saw him on Ice-T's "The Art of Rap"

Will def give this a try!

InbredJed
May 12th 2013


6074 Comments


its kinda cool, cause he lets the different rappers come across as who they really are, and you get a good sense of who is real, down to earth, loonie-toons or just plain wack.

DrHouseSchuldiner
May 12th 2013


5643 Comments


Return of the Boom Bap and Self titled were awesome so im gonna check this one !

Gwyn.
May 12th 2013


15160 Comments


:P (|)

Kman418
May 13th 2013


10744 Comments


http://i.imgur.com/wSMrnYM.png [2]

Permabanned
July 24th 2013


1181 Comments


it is a sweet documentary indeed, i still need to hear this album

InbredJed
July 25th 2013


6074 Comments


Do you KRS Piss?

Permabanned
July 25th 2013


1181 Comments


Hard dude, harder than grotesque maybe honestly, hear all 5 bdp albums dude I've been jammin him hard for years I just dont comment about much hip hop on sput, but seriously check out all his stuff if you haven't, and watch ALL his YouTube vids... more powerful than any college education could EVER be, and like omg dude once you digest all that his first solo album is one of the best albums ever recorded, hear it hard dude

InbredJed
July 25th 2013


6074 Comments


Ya I've watched a lot of his YouTube stuffs as well as long rockin of the s/t and Spiritual Minded.

I'll just keep going chronolically I guess

DikkoZinner
July 25th 2013


3278 Comments


KRS prob the GOAT

ShadowRemains
July 25th 2013


21052 Comments


go away

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InbredJed
July 25th 2013


6074 Comments


J-zizzle and K-westy are untruth

Permabanned
July 27th 2013


1181 Comments


Hard

LambsBread
November 26th 2013


3570 Comments


The number of ratings on this album makes it impossible for me to take anything written on this site
in regards to hip hop seriously...

who cares what you think is album of the year when you don't even listen to what most rappers
consider to be the GOAT?

Fuckin amateur hour on sputnik amiright?



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