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Traffic Entertainment and B Boy Records present one of the most influential and original albums in music history, now available as a double vinyl pressing for the first time--''Criminal Minded'' by Boogie Down Productions. KRS-One's combination of street slang and Webster's dictionary knowledge backed with Scott La Rock's hard hitting, minimal beats set this record apart when it was originally released in 1986. With this now classic debut album, BDP helped redefine the New York rap music scene. ''Criminal Minded'' elevated the standards to a new level and proved that rap could be a dynamic and consciousness-raising medium. KRS-One has gone on to become one of the most prolific and critically-acclaimed artists in Hip Hop history. A true classic, ''Criminal Minded'' was included in Vibe Magazine's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th century. This newly remastered 2xLp set includes a bonus track ''P Is Free'' (original 12'' version), a 24'' x 36'' poster and liner notes written by Brian Coleman with KRS-One himself.

Disc: 1
1. Poetry
2. South Bronx
3. 9mm Goes Bang
4. Word From Our Sponsor
5. Elementary
Disc: 2
1. Dope Beat
2. Remix For P Is Free
3. The Bridge Is Over
4. Super-Hoe
5. Criminal Minded
6. P Is Free (Original 12'' Version)

Product Details

  • Vinyl (July 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Traffic Entertainment
  • ASIN: B004OAPF4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

Scott La Rock....RIP.
Patrick J. Montalvo
If you really want the instrumentals and the original songs on one CD, then by all means get the other version of this album.
Hamza Dawud
It is must buy for any real fan of rap or hip hop.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By capaBILLity on October 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You know,in 1986 I thought diss records went out with UTFO and SHANTE. Then I heard "South Bronx" an anthem to where hip-hop really started also an unexpected answer to MC SHAN's classic hit "The Bridge". I felt "The Bridge","South Bronx" didn't move me at first,it sounded like a demo,didn't seem real to me. Then SHAN answered back with "Kill That Noise",it didn't hit me at first whom he was feuding with. Next,"The Bridge Is Over" hits the airwaves like crazy. I had no choice but to give it a listen and damn,KRS-ONE's dissing the whole JUICE CREW (SHAN,MARLEY MARL,MR. MAGIC and SHANTE)except BIZ MARKIE & BIG DADDY KANE,kinda put SHAN in his place on the dissing part. Still it didn't get me into them. But it gave me a buzz. I had to hear what's next by BDP.

Then "Poetry" hit the airwaves. I'm like 'oh my God,that's dope'. Then "The 'P' Is Free" and then "Dope Beat" and then "Criminal Minded" and I'm like,what a record. I scooped up two copies to mix right away. I became a fan so quickly,I bought tickets to the Dope Jam concert in the summer of 1987 to see both KRS-ONE and SCOTT LA ROCK live in New York at Madison Square Garden. It never happened.

SCOTT LA ROCK was killed like a week before that concert.

KRS-ONE attended that concert,opening for WHODINI and L.L. COOL J and he did his thang. No lip syncing (like the headliner UNCLE L) and turntables spinning alone as a tribue to the late SCOTT LA ROCK. Performing them hits I just named that made BDP a major comeback force in underground rap music since SCHOOLLY D's THE ADVENTURES OF SCHOOLLY D in 1985. This album went commercial on an independent label,almost impossible.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hype Currie on June 4, 2007
Criminal Minded: The beginning of the KRS-One saga

Put together by an ex-social worker and his formerly homeless client, Boogie Down Productions' DJ Scott La Rock and KRS-One introduced Criminal Minded to the hip-hop public in early 1987, after a year or so of dropping 12-inch singles on the indie B-Boy Records, and making a name for themselves in New York's underground hip-hop circles. The 10-track, groundbreaking album by BDP is definitely up there with the greatest rap albums of all time. The production by the artists (and according to many interviews, an un-credited Ced Gee of the Ultramagnetic MC's) brought a new sampling aesthetic to hip-hop, focusing heavily on then-dusty James Brown sides from the 60's & 70's. In KRS-One's rhymes listeners can hear a rapper whose intention is not just to entertain but to educate. The album opens with "Poetry", with a trademark James Brown scream; KRS declares "I'm not an MC, so listen--call me poet or musician". "9mm Goes Bang" is a reggae-driven tale of street revenge, focusing on the fictional "crack dealer named Peter". The Bronx-based act made instant rivals in the Queens-based Juice Crew, as evidenced in songs "South Bronx" and the perennial "diss record" favorite "The Bridge is Over" (with an oblique nod to Billy Joel at the end). "Dope Beat" samples AC/DC's "Back in Black", making for an influential rap/metal combo. The title track reinterprets the opening lines of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" with subversive results. In the ensuing years since the LP's first release, the album has fallen in and out of print several times. Fortunately, Traffic Entertainment (formerly Landspeed) has secured the catalog rights, and made the album available again. Subsequent re-releases have tacked on a few bonus tracks or an entire instrumentals disc.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Brumfield on November 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to some reviews, Criminal Minded was NOT the first to introduce "gangsta" themes (check out Schoolly D, "P.S.K.") or reggae styles (see Original Concept, "Bitin' My Stylee" --Dr. Dre from MTV's record on Def Jam). Nor were the beats produced by Scott La Rock, but primarily Ced Gee from Ultramag, who got stiffed on the album credits. Sorry to bust bubbles. But it doesn't need to be The First to still be an historic and classic hip-hop album. It's one of the greatest, and will always be close to my heart.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mecca Egypt on February 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I know people have been throwing the term "classic" around as of late and it seems rather cliche. But, this is a hip hop classic. Many hip hop purists consider this album to be classic. It is an amazing piece of musical creativity, inventiveness, ingenuity, and overall magic. The chemistry between the electrifying KRS-One and turntablesmith DJ Scott La Rock is undeniable, and makes this the premiere hip hop album to listen to for anyone who calls themself a "hip hop head." Almost every song from this album has been featured in the works of some of today's pop, rap, and R&B stars. DJs still spin cuts from this album in clubs across the world and fans rush the dancefloors in the process. I've been in clubs, and when songs from this album would come on, everyone would recite the lyrics loudly in unison -- it's quite a sight to behold. KRS-One still performs songs from this album today and it has been nearly over a decade since its initial release and sold-out crowds still chant and jump to this album like never before. This album is one that is not to be missed. Extremely recommended, if not required, for your collection.
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