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Criminal Minded Double
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|Vinyl, Original recording remastered, July 26, 2011||
Audio, Cassette, July 1, 2014
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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.
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The beginning of the KRS-ONE legacy--, June 4, 2007
By Hype Currie "scholar of pop culture" (Detroit, Michigan United States) - See all my reviews
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 (such as "The Best of B-Boy Records: Boogie Down Productions" and "The Blastmaster Tapes") have tacked on a few bonus tracks or an entire instrumentals disc. Enclosed here is an entire disc of 12-inch mixes, alternate takes, radio interview/promo snippets, as well as an Enhanced-CD-Rom version of the original "The Bridge is Over" music video. Depending on whether one owns some of the previous re-releases, there is definitely some overlap here. Still, for a newcomer to the B.D.P. legacy or hip-hop in general, this is a can't miss.
the entire album!