amongst hip-hop fans, boogie down productions first two albums criminal minded (1987) and by all means necessary (1988) both loom very large. and for good reason: they both captured one of the late 1980s most important and influential crews at their highest powers of lyricism and musical invention. that being said, too many people sleep on bdps third lp, ghetto music. released in 1989, when the hip-hop world was truly beginning to explode and reach new heights of sales and exposure around the world, the album is arguably as powerful as the groups first two. as on by all means necessary, in the wake of the tragic death of original founder, producer and dj scott larock, krs-one pushed along mightily on the production side, with help from his extended crew. musically the sound created on albums 2 & 3 was funky, catchy, and continually innovative, giving him the perfect backdrop to build his edutainment syllabus. lyrically there was never a question about krsã power, and on ghetto music he continues to impress, teach and ask important questions. clear cases in point are two of the albumãs singles, you must learn and why is that? but he gets even deeper on lesser-jocked tracks like the anti-police thought-piece who protects us from you (still sadly relevant in 2017), ghetto music and world peace. still as strong and entertaining today as it was almost three decades ago, this new reissue is a perfect way for younger fans to embrace one of the most underrated hip-hop platters of the era.
repressed! in listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: boogie down productions undisputed classic from 1986, criminal minded.
no other music has held such revolutionary possibility as hip-hop and to celebrate 30 years of this innovative genre ministry of sound brings you the latest instalment in our epic anthems series. the inspirational pioneers of this unique culture are all present on this essential release that begins with classic club anthems from artists such as run dmc, a tribe called quest, dr dre, cypress hill and gang starr this anthology is summarised with a taste of where the scene has developed into the modern era with a collection of #1 smashes that still blow up the dance floors across clubs worldwide.