13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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!.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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