Label: B-Boy Records - BB 4787 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Hip Hop • Style: Conscious
Criminal Minded is widely considered the foundation of hardcore rap, announcing What Are You Doing New Years Eve? - Various - Holiday Magic intentions with a cover photo Poetry - Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded KRS-One and Scott La Rock on his only album with Boogie Down Productions posing with weapons -- an unheard-of gesture in Poetry - Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded weren't the first to rap about inner-city violence and drugs, and there's no explicit mention of gangs on Criminal Mindedbut it greatly expanded the range of subject matter that could be put on a rap record, and its grittiest moments are still unsettling today.
Actually, that part of its reputation Say It Isnt So - Ray Conniff, His Orchestra & Chorus* - Ray Conniff, His Orchestra & Chorus on just a handful of songs. Overall, the record made its impact through sheer force -- not only KRS-One 's unvarnished depictions of his harsh urban environment, but also his booming delivery and La Rock 's lean, hard backing tracks which sound a little skeletal today, but were excellent for the time.
It's important to note that KRS-One hadn't yet adopted his role as the Teacher, and while there are a few hints of an emerging social consciousness, Criminal Minded doesn't try to deliver messages, make judgments, or offer solutions. They set the tone for the album, which reaches its apex on the influential, oft-sampled "9mm Goes Bang. Another seminal hardcore moment is "Remix for P Is Free," which details an encounter with a crack whore for perhaps the first time on record.
Elsewhere, there are a few showcases for KRS-One 's pure rhyming skill, most notably "Poetry" and the title track. Overall it's very consistent, so even if the meat of Criminal Minded is the material that lives up to the title, the raw talent on display is what cements the album's status as an all-time classic.
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