Boogie Down Productions
Edutainment


4.5
superb

Review

by I II II L USER (37 Reviews)
March 14th, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The teacher is in effect

Boogie Down Productions is kind of a misleading name for this artist, mainly because the word 'productions' is plural and indicates that there is more than one person on this album. Make no mistake: this album is 100% KRS; the other members are simply involved in production.

Before you play the first track on this album, it's important to know a bit about the people behind it. Boogie Down Productions first started as a collaboration between Lawrence Krisna Parker(KRS) and Scott Sterling(la Rock). The duo first gained notoriety for their vivid and honest portrayals of life on the streets in the album Criminal Minded, an album which also became noted for Scott la Rock's minimal production. Unfortunately, Scott La Rock was killed shortly after the release of CM. The next 2 albums were getting increasingly political, as KRS was going more and more into tearing into modern society, and pretty soon his views would reach a point of intolerable for some of his fans. And that climax is Edutainment. When this album was first released, a chunk of his fans found it far too preachy, and in a way, they're right. Edutainment is exactly what the title describes it as, educational music that still remains entertaining. From the first song to the end listeners who aren't used to much KRS are in for a gigantic seminar taught by Kris Parker himself.

A big plus for this album is its content, usual rap albums will be collections of battle raps, anecdotes detailing how they became the badasses they are now, and the occasional sex-rap. KRS, is doing almost none of that (there's a couple shots at Juice Crew here and there). This album, is about opening the listeners mind to new ideas and making him/her ask questions and learn some things in the process, such an example would be 'Beef' a tirade exploring the practices of the meat industry, in it, KRS discusses the drugs inserted into animals, and concludes with the idea that meat is, in itself, a drug, which could itself explain the large desire of meat consumption in the US. While KRS's conclusions are sometimes debatable, like with Beef, they still let the reader question whether beef, or processed meat in general, is all that suitable for consumption.

Edutainment's Highlight would have to be Love's Gonna Getcha, the most well known off the album, as it allows KRS to flex his storytelling muscle. In the song, KRS tells a story of a young boy in the ghetto, his mother is often working long hours for little money, so he takes a job for Rob, his neighborhood drug dealer, only to end up losing 2 of his friends up in a gang war with Rob himself.

Even with the positives mentioned above, the album has several issues. The first and foremost is its length, 20 tracks can really make this a chore for a casual listener, no matter how good the album in question is. Another problem, as was mentioned earlier, is that KRS can end up sounding preachy after a while, this was a major issue at the time of its release as this album in particular lost KRS a small chunk of his fanbase what with its near constant stream of messages for the listener. And finally, there are some factual innacuracies, one that particularly comes to note is in the first actual song of the album, 'The Blackmans in Effect', where KRS describes the Egyptians as the first civilization on earth, when in fact the first one was in Mesopotamia,(granted Mesopotamia wasn't really that far advanced). It might seem like nitpicking, but given the purpose if this album, it's especially important that KRS have double checked his research.

All in all, this is a really good yet overlooked album that deserves at least one spin.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My second review(1st was in 2012, so I'm essentially a beginner)

BigHans
March 14th 2014


28662 Comments


get ready for Lambsbread to ejaculate hard

SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I brought my umbrella(:

BigHans
March 14th 2014


28662 Comments


You might need a tarp

SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thats good advice

SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Say Hans, how was this review? (I want to see if there's any major problems to fix)

LambsBread
March 14th 2014


6524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review dude



I don't think he was bei literal abou Egypt



Maybe go into more detail about the sound of songs like loves gonna getcha ie the bass and how he poetically tells the story

"now there's steak with the beans and rice" " I give me a pound I I mean I shake his hand" stuff like that is what makes it so

witty

SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Factual errors can still end up problematic, btw, did you check out Armand Hammers Race Music?

It's dope

LambsBread
March 14th 2014


6524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It wasn't a factual error though, he's just pointing out black civilization existed before the textbook white civilizations like Greece. Mesopotamia didn't accomplish as much to be considered a civilation in he sense he's using it, developing a scientific philosophy

menawati
March 14th 2014


16587 Comments


so he's a vegetarian that doesn't know much about history ?

SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well then I take those words back, but there's still that length and the fact that some will find it to be preachy

SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5



so he's a vegetarian that doesn't know much about history ?



He gets most of it right, just THAT ONE GLARING DETAIL that sticks out

SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And even that detail isn't really that far off.

LambsBread
March 14th 2014


6524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Double post

LambsBread
March 14th 2014


6524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Knows more about history than any rapper and most people on this site I'd say

SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

True dat^

DikkoZinner
March 14th 2014


5224 Comments


The T'cha

Digging: Pestilence - The Penance

GnarlyShillelagh
Emeritus
March 14th 2014


6386 Comments


ras kass is pretty historical

LambsBread
March 14th 2014


6524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think most people that call this preachy are extremely apathetic and/or bigots. but you are right

to point out that these certain people will write it off and call it preachy..



1-2 tracks coulda been shaved off, but otherwise, I just listened to this album at work and had no

problem with the length really, so many quality tracks. Although I did think it was too long on my

first listen, so maybe the album grows.











SharkTooth
March 14th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seems like one, it's not really something you can just jump in and enjoy from beginning to end



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