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Album Review

The Teacher sounds explosive on stage, tearing into BDP's greatest tracks and the myth that live hip-hop is bland and unnecessary. In fact, the pure energy of this album can be offputting at first — the group jumps around their catalog, playing fragments of their classics and complete tracks from Edutainment, and the audience sings along with almost every track. Live Hardcore Worldwide — Paris, London & NYC! may not be the first live hip-hop album (2 Live Crew released one a couple of months before BDP), but it is certainly the best.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Boogie Down Productions was one of the most important and influential hip-hop groups of the latter half of the '80s. Led by the often brilliant and incendiary MC KRS-One, BDP were pioneers of both hardcore and political (or "conscious") rap -- and if that seems contradictory, it also illustrates the scope of KRS-One's talent for chronicling and even shaping his culture. Musically, BDP usually employed spare, minimal backdrops that accentuated KRS-One's booming delivery, and they were also among the...
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