I picked up the new KRS-One album: The BDP Album. I was a fan of BDP growing up, especially their Edutainment and By All Means Necessary releases. After a week of on-and-off listening, times sure have changed. I liked the old stuff, which was rough but focused on educating listeners.
This latest release just sounds mean.
After one more week of listening, I'm sure I'll pick up some good lyrics and music.
Here's a clip from KRS-One's Biography:
KRS-One (born Kris Parker) was the leader of Boogie Down Productions, one of the most influential hardcore hip-hop outfits of the '80s. At the height of his career, roughly 1987-1990, KRS-One was known for his furiously political and socially conscious raps, which is the source of his nickname, "the Teacher." Around the time of 1990's Edutainment, BDP's audience began to slip as many fans thought his raps were becoming preachy. As a reaction, KRS-One began to re-establish his street credibility with harder, sparer beats and raps.
With the amount of violence and "harder" language, I'd hope he re-returns to his Teacher days.