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Editors’ Notes

KRS-One has been a hip-hop fixture almost since the genre's inception. He's both a product and a progenitor of the culture he loves, and in every stage of its history he has gleefully juggled the roles of booster, antagonist, and innovator. A Retrospective covers the first 10 years of his career, from 1986 to 1996, a period of such rapid creative advancement that one can actually watch hip-hop grow up over the course of these 16 songs. “South Bronx” is as emblematic of 1986 as “My Philosophy” is of 1988 and “Sound of Da Police” is of 1993. Every time rap music changed, KRS was ready with a new classic to mark the occasion.

Customer Reviews

KRS-One is the best

straight up, great album, amazing lyrics, no one can top it

Spellcheck

Way to misspell the word "Retrospective" Apple.

WORD

Krs one to tha few, tha proud tha UNDERGROUND,
when my eyes.. they can't hear, b-peas are on number one.
i got a feeling tha review is that of.. like aah, ooh.. yeah im a daouwn-a-load
count to 3, 2, 1, boom, boom pow... wow. you should make tha fruity list-a take drop
could swear are almost looking back joker getting poked, technicolor in tha face
mommy.. mommy can me and bill-board get love story, sang by tylor $$$$wift to cash it in
sssshhh, my God you and me got more real feel if you lesson to my 2 cent's breafly on this
whos keeping count, they count, my count, our count, tiki-tok, $ah's clock won't f...... stop!
fact-to-rality sounds, run the mill, wind the clock, tune tha machine go from cold-to-hot
get the REAL party started, get out montana, were all over, in thA... real HIP HOP f-ing U.S.A.

review # 4.
(and counting). rebel with a cause, KRS-ONE unite.

, everybody, any age, gender, race, culture should....

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...
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