KRS-One - Return Of The Boom Bap    
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"Return of the Boom Bap means just that. It means a return of the real hard beats and real rap"

If one had to look up the definition of an emcee in the dictionary, it might as well show a picture of Krs One. Ever since 87' Krs has epitomized what the Hip-Hop culture and an emcee should be about. Album after album, hit after hit, classic after classic, Krs One withstood the test of time, never faltering or even missing a stride. Krs is not just looked at as a rapper these days, his legacy has granted him the title of a legend. Not only is Krs one of the greatest emcees of all time, but he is also one of the most gifted. While others claim to lead the league in every statistical category, Krs has been accomplishing that since 87'. His stage presence is uncontested, his hit making ability is unparalleled, and pound for pound is one of the most well rounded emcees ever. One of the finest examples of this came during the year 1993, when Krs One dropped his first solo masterpiece "Return Of The Boom Bap".

If one can, take yourself back in time to 1993, when Hip-Hop was alive and well. When the art form meant more than an easy way to make some money, when you got on the mic you represented not only yourself, but also the culture. This era was truly a great one to be a part of, and "Return Of The Boom Bap" exemplifies this time to perfection. After 5 momentous Boogie Down Production albums, Krs was once again ready to change the face of Hip-Hop. "Return Of The Boom Bap" may have been the first time Krs released an album not under the BDP title, but its outcome was still the same, a timeless masterpiece!

"Return Of The Boom Bap" is a classic in every right. The production is some of the finest "boom bap" ever seen on a Krs album along with Krs One's all around superb ability to capture not only the listeners ear, but also their mind. The album is not only one of the finest albums in Krs' catalog, but is also one of the best albums to be released in the early 90's. "Return Of The Boom Bap" represents true Hip-Hop at its finest, purest roots. Nothing about "Return Of The Boom Bap" is manufactured, its reality. And to this day is still one of the finest politically and socially charged albums ever.

"Return Of The Boom Bap" begins with the DJ Premier laced introduction "Krs One Attacks", which definitely sets the mood for what is about to be encountered from this stunning embodiment of the Hip Hop culture. Its ensuing track is the classic life story of Krs One "Outta Here". Quite possibly his finest work, "Outta Here" is a four-minute look into the rise and fall of Krs One. Krs vividly depicts his life, from growing up in the NYC group homes, to meeting his legendary partner Scott La Rock, to becoming an emcee to the untimely death of Scott. "Around 1984 I left the group home, again alone still dreamin' about the microphone. Gimme a chance man, I know I can rock it. But I had to worry about puttin' money in my pocket. So when I reached the shelter I met my helper DJ Scott La Rock, and we both loved hip-hop. I was takin' suckas out in the shelter system, yeah there was rappers in the shelter but I had to diss 'em. But all along, my vision was never lost, I kept seeing all these rap groups fallin' off "

"Black Cop" and "Sound Of Da Police" are both classic, politically charged tracks that bring attention and awareness to police brutality within the inner cities. As the "teacha", Krs has never been afraid to come out and challenge society. However, what was unique about "Sound Of Da Police" was its ability to reach mainstream listeners, as the track was raging through the airwaves during 93'.

Of course "Return Of The Boom Bap" features just that, hard-core lyricism and beats. "Mad Crew", "Return Of The Boom Bap", and "Uh Oh" are all rigorous self produced tracks by Krs that offer nothing but brutal production, insightful lyricism and just plain hard-core Hip Hop at its finest. "Brown Skin Women" and "Stop Frontin" are both produced by the legendary DJ but underrated producer Kid Capri. "Brown Skin Woman" a dedication to all those fine females with the dark complexion while "Stop Frontin" is filled with more bragging rights from the blastmasta. "Mortal Thought" and the melodic "Higher Level" are both some of the finest DJ Premier, Krs One collaborations ever seen. "Higher Level" is definitely one of the best track's production wise; thanks to Primo's brilliant sample of Gene Page's "Blackula" and Krs' deep look inside of the world around him.

"See it's, funny to me, you can watch TV And give up your life trying to be all you can be. In the Army, not knowin' your history. You either fight and die or come back home in misery. Yo get with me, I deal with reality, loosen your mind to the truth, and don't get mad at me. No politician can give you peace, if you trust Jesus, why do you vote for a beast? Emancipation is long over due, so overcome procrastination, because freedom is within you. For some reason we think we're free, so we'll never be, because we haven't recognized slavery. You're still a slave, look at how you behave. Debatin' on where and when and how and what Massa gave. You wanna know how we screwed up from the beginning? We accepted our oppressor's religion"

"Return Of The Boom Bap" isn't dedicated to such a seriousness tone all the time. "I Can't Wake Up" is an original and comical tale of Krs One's dream of being "a blunt being smoked". Krs depicts his dream of being smoked by the industry's finest, from B-Real, De La Soul, Das Efx and Grand Puba. Under today's standards the track may seem awkward, but it was these types of tracks that made Hip-Hop fun. One could go on for days about each respective song and its impact. From "Outta Here" to "Sound Of Da Police", to "Slap Them Up" to "Mad Crew" to "Higher Level", each track is as monumental as the next. At times it is almost a challenge to find the right words to describe such an album. With production ranging from some of the best ever such as DJ Premier, Showbiz, and Kid Capri, and hard-core yet insightful lyricism from Krs himself, "Return Of The Boom Bap" is perfect in every aspect. Krs did more than put out another classic album with "Return Of The Boom Bap" he pushed barriers. He challenged political systems, cultural differences, and society as a whole. And while Krs One is still going strong, "Return Of The Boom Bap" will always been remember as his finest work.

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