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Editors’ Notes

On Criminal Minded, KRS-One isn’t looking to transcend the South Bronx grime as much as he wants to strong-arm it into submission. His “grammar comes down like a hammer” as the rapper mocks, taunts and threatens his rivals with rhymes that hit “like a nine-millimeter windpipe”. Proto-hardcore classic “9mm Goes Bang” executes its harrowing tale of crackland gunplay over a bed of taut pop minimalism and dancehall chants, while the declaration on “Remix of P is Free” that “the girlies is free 'cause the crack costs money” is harrowing in its cynicism, making this one of the rawest and most compelling artifacts of hip-hop’s formative years.

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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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