KRS-One
Meta-Historical


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jasdevi087 USER (11 Reviews)
July 10th, 2014 | 17 replies | 489 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellently delivered album about what hip-hop truly is from an outspoken MC.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

What exactly is hip-hop? Well in the words of KRS-One it’s a religion and I suppose that’s the truth. To a lot of people it’s a way of life, they eat, drink and breathe the stuff and they wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t their strong love of hip-hop that kept them together. Like any religion, hip-hop is sacred to its followers and it deserves to be respected. But now days, look at it. There’s so much commercialised rubbish in the industry today and it’s making it pretty hard to respect. Young rappers are only looking for money and “bitches” and fame. They glorify destructive thug and gangsta life which ironically is what most hip-hop artists were originally trying to escape from.

This is what KRS-One sees and he doesn’t like it. On this album he has more than one or two things to say about what hip-hop is really about and that’s what makes this album so good. KRS-One delivers heart felt rap after heart felt rap as he breathlessly delivers his message to anyone who will listen. It’s albums like Meta-Historical that the hip-hop community need to hear. The album kicks off with a short skit proclaiming that “the real hip-hop is right here” almost as if KRS-One wants you to hear the album out just to prove him wrong and honestly the album doesn’t start off very strong. The beginning of “Murder Ya’” feels a little uncomfortable in its delivery and the rap doesn’t really pick up until after the first chorus and even still past there the song itself isn’t very refreshing. But don’t let that fool you, oh no, because what follows it is one hell of an album.

KRS-One just lets loose across the board on this album, relentlessly driving home his message of hip-hop revival, trying valiantly to shed some light on what hip-hop is truly about. His raps build in intensity during every song to the point that he often sounds out of breath near the end of the song. There isn’t one verse on the album that doesn’t sound like it came straight from his soul. However there is quite a bit of material that seems a little self-glorifying, for example, the track “One of Them Days” where he even has a go at selling his book somewhat. That aside KRS-One does a fantastic job of combining his knowledge with his brilliant brand of rhyme. His desire to educate the masses of hip-hop fanatics trapped in the webs of the corporate music industry comes across prominently and clearly. This makes the album very focused as he very rarely detracts from this main idea.

One very cool aspect to this album is its various skits. A lot of people will find the disproportionate amount of skits (9 out of 20 of the tracks are these skits) to be pace killing or somewhat repetitive and unnecessary but the thing is that these little skits all serve an important purpose. It is through these skits that KRS-One delivers some key pieces of knowledge that are important to the album. The skits deal with themes like hypocrisy and hip-hop’s roots in a way that’s easy to understand and straight to the point. All of the skits are spoken over the same beat which doesn’t make for very good variation, but at the end of the day it’s the lessons KRS-One is giving that are the true purpose of the skits and the beats just serve as background noise to keep the listeners attention.

If Meta-Historical has one thing wrong with it, it’s definitely that the beats get pretty boring in some places. Despite this True Master has done a great job on the production side of the album with songs like “Unified Field” and “Knowledge Reigns Supreme” sounding very clean and groovable. But there are lots of points where it’s very easy to just loose interest and stop listening, which is a shame because KRS-Ones rhymes warrant the listener’s full attention. Some of the loops get to the point where the brain has heard the same thing so much that it no longer possesses any sentimental value, it’s just a sound. Although loops are the heart and soul of hip-hop, I can’t help but feel that these particular loops get a bit tired as the song drags on. But in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t all that big of a deal when the rest of the albums parts come together.

Meta-Historical is an excellent hip-hop album about what hip-hop is truly about. Lyrically, it’s something along the lines of the audio equivalent of a hip-hop bible. It’s a challenge to hip-hop fans to stand up and shape up. Production wise, the album could have been a little stronger. Some songs have weak hooks that don’t really get the listener into it and some of the loops are very blatantly just loops, sounding like a record skipping in a convenient place. But it can’t be ignored that KRS-One is one talented MC. His raps on Meta-Historical are all but flawless and very well crafted. Any fan of hip-hop absolutely must listen to this album at some point because it provides a different look at what hip-hop has become today from a perspective you won’t normally find. Be sure to check out this release as it is a massive contribution to the modern world of hip-hop from an exceptional MC that has dedicated his life to the cause.



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Jasdevi087
July 9th 2014



260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Written as part of Judio's "Review a Random Album Game." I had to step very far out of my comfort zone to write this, I hope I did this album justice.

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2014



4844 Comments


Outstanding review dude, have a pos. Admittedly I'm pleasantly surprised by how much ass this review kicks considering you seemed a bit reluctant to take on a hip-hop album. Really great work! :]

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Jasdevi087
July 9th 2014



260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man! I figured I had nothing to lose and this album actually turned out to be really good.

Jasdevi087
July 9th 2014



260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also would you look at that, there's review number 10. How far I've come.

SharkTooth
July 9th 2014



3686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, this is a really good review considering all that's been mentioned, but one little quip:
A lot of people will find the disproportionate amount of skits (9 out of 20 of the tracks are
these skits)

what will they find the skits? repetitive? boring?

other than that have a pos!

Betray
July 9th 2014



2093 Comments


Dude, sweet ass review.

It's hard to extend outside your comfort zone but you did an amazing job.

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Jasdevi087
July 9th 2014



260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Sharktooth Oh thanks for pointing that out man, I missed that twice!

LambsBread
July 9th 2014



3312 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

All things considered, really good review. I always knew people would dig KRS-One, even if they aren't
big
fans of hip hop, if they just give him a damn try for a full album. Thats why i've been harping on
people to do so on this site for years. Sadly i've had the opposite affect.

Glad you likes this man. I just hope people give it a try. This review gives them a reason. props.

gonna jam this on max volume now

typo in album summary: "hop hop"

Jasdevi087
July 9th 2014



260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh God no hop-hop.

LambsBread
July 9th 2014



3312 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Meta Historical, 1 2 Heres What We Gon Do (ft RZA) and Unified Field are Godly.

So let's get to it, you youngins need a spankin,
and in a few years you gonna be givin me a thankin
'THANK YOU BIG BROTHA CAN I HAVE ANOTHA?'
You cant play your rhymes for YOUR MOTHER?


^line cracks me up every time

SharkTooth
July 9th 2014



3686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5



InbredJed
July 10th 2014



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great job, esp since out of your genre. Really looking forward to jamming this now.

Jasdevi087
July 10th 2014



260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for all the positive feedback guys! Waiting on Dodenakker's review for my submit now.

Jasdevi087
July 10th 2014



260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aww my first neg, really? I was proud of my 100% whoever the hell that was.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 10th 2014



12015 Comments


So let's get to it, you youngins need a spankin,
and in a few years you gonna be givin me a thankin
'THANK YOU BIG BROTHA CAN I HAVE ANOTHA?'
You cant play your rhymes for YOUR MOTHER?


wow i hate this

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LambsBread
July 10th 2014



3312 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

youll thank him in a few years

LambsBread
July 11th 2014



3312 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

People who think they know KRS-One who haven't heard his newest 4 albums are really missing out. He's
on another level nowdays, even better than his classic shit with Premier and BDP.



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