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Editors’ Notes

At a time when hip-hop was preoccupied with who could best rock a party and who had the wittiest boasts about rhyme skills, the first Boogie Down Productions album blew back all notions of frivolity with an intense and uncensored vision of urban reality. Recorded when rapper KRS-One and DJ Scott La Rock were 21 and 24, respectively, Criminal Minded puts a premium on directness. The songs aren’t interested in being cute or even fun (though they often are). All that matters is that the message hits you squarely between the eyes. Scott La Rock’s brutally pared-down beats mirror the feeling of the burned-out Bronx streets from which this music emanated.

Customer Reviews

Down with the sound called BDP.

this is a monument in hip-hop. if you don't own this album then.......get it.

Hard Shyt

This shyt go hard.... KRS-One is brilliant and DJ Scott La Rock does his thing...

Top Tracks:
South Bronx
9mm Goes Bang
Bridge is Over
Criminal Minded

The Ultimate Hip Hop Bible

Dope!! Nuff SAID!!

If you're with the culture rhis a must have Album


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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