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Hip Hop Lives - EP

KRS-One & Marley Marl

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After a 22-year grudge due to a disagreement over the birthplace of hip-hop, KRS-One and Marley Marl finally make amends onHip Hop Lives. KRS-One is preoccupied with two issues here: one being that hip-hop will never die, and the other that he was a prominent hip-hop pioneer in his heyday. His bragging rights are certainly deserved, as KRS-One reads a laundry list of all the major urban historical events that he attended ("I Was There"). He also professes his true love for hip-hop, praising the genre and spitting fire at the critics who claim that the art form is dying. The purpose of this album seems to be to win over fans new to hip-hop, helped along by Marley Marl's solid and current-sounding beats. [The Circuit City version of the CD features three bonus tracks: "Run the Streets Bumpin Beats," "U Thug," and "I Am Hip Hop."]

Biography

Born: 20 August 1965 in The Bronx, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

KRS-One (born Kris Parker) was the leader of Boogie Down Productions, one of the most influential hardcore hip-hop outfits of the '80s. At the height of his career, roughly 1987-1990, KRS-One was known for his furiously political and socially conscious raps, which is the source of his nickname, "the Teacher." Around the time of 1990's Edutainment, BDP's audience began to slip as many fans thought his raps were becoming preachy. As a reaction, KRS-One began to re-establish his street credibility with...
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