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If Criminal Minded confirmed KRS-One’s street credentials and By All Means Necessary proved the depth of his self-determination, then Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip-Hop is where he truly became a teacher and a hip-hop elder statesman—all by the tender age of 24. His style is fueled by contradiction. “You Must Learn” is a history lesson disguised as a fight song; “World Peace” posits that pacifism is the greatest form of combat; “Who Protects Us from You?” is anti-police anthem that engages the police as its audience. KRS repeatedly alludes to Jamaican music, an appreciation that comes to the fore on “Jah Rules” and “Bo! Bo! Bo!.”

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you were put here to protect us....

...but who protects us from you!? Oh my god.... I can still remember it.. a 14 year old white boy from mount vernon, ohio and I had discovered hip-hop in it's most productive form. education. The school system didn't do half of what hip hop did to teach me about black history and KRS-ONE was considered one of my greatest teachers. From the Jungle Brothers to the sounds from the streets of LA and NYC, I learned more about black HIStory than any book ever did.

Class is in session!

The song "You Must Lean" gives a real black history lesson. I learned about alot of black history that wasn't taught in school when this ablum came out. The son "why is that" really opens your eyes and ears about the bible.

breath control

Word!! Every lyric on this album is a gem i was like 15 and cutting the grass and cleaning out my pops garage banging this from my box so the whole neighborhood could hear. I used to play breath control repeatedly. Awwww man this album is such milestone!


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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