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Released in 1988, By All Means Necessary retained the sonic intensity that had propelled the early BDP singles, but KRS expanded his vision of inner-city realities to include messages of African-American unity and betterment. Give KRS credit. This adjustment took a lot of guts, and it paid off. The rapper was better suited to being a community leader—a secular preacher, really—than he was a gangster. His presence on the mic was as large as his physical presence (the 6’4” KRS was built like a football player), and many of these songs focus on extinguishing any idea that he could be underestimated. Together these 10 songs form a thunderous campaign soundtrack.

Customer Reviews

true lyricist

Listening to My Philosophy in 2009, just reinforces the my belief that KRS One is one of the top three MC'S ever.

Social Studies Awesomeness

Hi, i'm Chris Perry and I love Boogie Down Productions! I played it to my class one day and they were laughing in happiness (Clear throat). The lyrics to this song are poignent and liberal. KRS-One sets my soul free. It also helps me make sweet love to my wife. I hope she doesn't pop one of my pimples. I can't read amessage of ancient days without it.

Perry Out!
Fresh In '09!

Seminal rap album of black consciousness

I was nineteen when this album came out and it blew me away. The beats were fresh, the lyrics were raw and it forced you to think about the reality of life in a more cerebral way. Listening to it now all these years later, it still delivers a powerful, poignant punch. Definitely one of the top 50 rap albums all time!!! 1-2-3 you down wit BDP, Wyo


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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