Krs-One, the name is almost synonymous with the term Hip-Hop. Ever since 87", Krs has been on top of the Hip-Hop world. However, as of late, the legend has been hit with loads of criticism and slanders. With an ongoing feud with Nelly, the record industry and his critics, Krs-One has slowly been backed into a corner. While it may look like Krs is slowly coming to his knees, in reality it has only made him stronger. As any emcee does when they are backed into a corner, they attack! This time Krs attacks with a brand new album "Prophets vs. Profits", which attacks his critics and the industry that has all but written him off.
Amazingly, "Prophets vs. Profits" was recorded in only one weekend and features a variety of producers such as Da Beatminerz, Milann Miles, Rick Long, A-Sharp, Pleasure King, J-Roc, Mad Lion along with Vangaurd & Soul Supreme for Inebriated Rhythm. However, don't let the names fool you, "Prophets vs. Profits' features a much needed improvement in the production area, and ends up as his most satisfying album in years. While the album was recorded in only one short weekend, it sounds anything but a rushed effort.
While Krs has never slipped in the lyrical department, his last two efforts saw a big gap in the production area that has usually been more than solid in the past. However, for "Prophets vs. Profits" Krs assembles a solid up and coming team of producers that give him the production he truly needs to shine. Boston's very own Inebriated Rhythm truly steal the show with their soulful production, which is very similar to those of Kanye West and Just Blaze. The finest example of this comes on the heartfelt message of "Womanology". Krs spits an uplifting message for all women out there, telling them how special they really are. The tracks soulful feel truly makes the song standout from the rest of the pack, as the beautifully placed sample engulfs the tracks feel perfectly.
On the same type of vibe is the J-Roc & Mad Lion produced "I Remember". Acting as an ode to Hip-Hop, Krs melodically glides through the track reminiscing about all the forgotten Hip-Hop figures over the years. The production brings about a feeling of serenity, as its soothes the listeners ears. However, Krs spits his best message on "Believe It!" The Inebriated Rhythm produced track is a soulful ode to all those caught up in the struggle. The production transports the feeling and emotion of Krs as he delivers a message to all his critics about how his music really does matter.
But what would be a Krs album with out that raw, on the edge of your seat "Boom Bap". "Splash" features a hungry Krs going all out, attacking critics, doubters and wannabe emcees. With one of his finest beats behind him, courtesy of A-Sharp & Pleasure King, Krs spits one of the truest lines ever told. "The first time you learned to spit it was either me, Kane, Rakim or Slick Rick". More examples of that real Hip-Hop only Krs can spit include the bangin "Problemz", "Things Is About To Change", and "My People".
Of course what draws the most attention to "Prophets vs. Profits" is the two Nelly disses "Ova Here" and "You Don't Really Want It". Da Beatminerz produced "Ova Here" is the most vicious of the two diss tracks and features Krs throwing some hard jabs at the cross over pop star. Da Beatminerz production provides the perfect atmosphere for the battle influence track. "You Don't Really Want It" is the 2nd round in the ongoing saga, and Krs once again takes some good shots at Nelly's street credibility and pop status. While not the finest diss track Krs could have produced, it has its moments even though the weak production brings down the tracks overall vibe. Nevertheless, both tracks are still head and shoulders above any type of diss Nelly has come up with yet.
While minimal, "Prophets vs. Profits" does have its flaws. "Stop It" featuring Mad Lion is probably the biggest disappointment on the album, as the reggae inspired track is truly one of Krs-One's worst tracks. The production aspect is its main cause for downfall, as it's co-produced by Krs & Mad Lion, who usually provide some stellar production but not this time. The only other noticeable flaw on the album is Krs-One's performance on "Down The Charts". While the production is rock solid, its concept has been done many times before and gets a little stale after a couple listens. It is one of the only times where lyrically Krs does not deliver.
For all the Krs-One critics out there who have tried to slaughter the man's reputation, "Prophets vs. Profits" is proof that the Krs is still capable of putting out great music. It's amazing how well the album turned out since it was completed in one mere weekend. For Krs fans, "Prophets vs. Profits" will be a welcoming back for Krs, while for others it will be proof that Krs isn't going no where. With solid production now behind him, Krs is now ready to recapture his spot in the Hip-Hop world. And while many will still want the man out of the game, Krs proves once again why he is a legend, a pioneer, and why he truly is Hip Hop.