KRS-One (album)

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KRS-One
Studio album by KRS-One
ReleasedNovember 7, 1995[1]
Recorded1994–1995
GenreEast Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop
Length65:49
LabelJive Records
ProducerKRS-One
DJ Premier
Diamond D
Showbiz
Norty Cotto
KRS-One chronology
Return of the Boom Bap
(1993)
KRS-One
(1995)
I Got Next
(1997)
 
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KRS-One
Studio album by KRS-One
ReleasedNovember 7, 1995[1]
Recorded1994–1995
GenreEast Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop
Length65:49
LabelJive Records
ProducerKRS-One
DJ Premier
Diamond D
Showbiz
Norty Cotto
KRS-One chronology
Return of the Boom Bap
(1993)
KRS-One
(1995)
I Got Next
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau(dud) [3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [4]
The Source4/5 stars [5]

KRS-One is the second album released by hip hop artist KRS-One under his own name. The album was originally meant to be titled Hip-Hop Vs. Rap, as can be seen in the early The Source's and Rap Pages reviews, which also reveals that a few tracks were scrapped at the last minute in addition to the change of album title. These songs include the Diamond D produced song "What I Know", the ragga-flavoured "Club Dems" and a few interludes including "Kris Is..." and "Meta-physician". All of these songs still remain unreleased to this day although they have all been posted at XXL Magazines webpage for streaming.

The album is weaved together by a string of interludes appearing between songs featuring radio shoutouts to Kris from hip-hop heavyweights including Lord Finesse, Rakim, Method Man, Mr. Magic, Jeru The Damaja and even MC Shan, who had famously feuded with KRS and his group Boogie Down Productions a decade prior. Inside the CD booklet KRS-One gives shoutouts to additional producers who worked on the LP but whose songs didn't make the final cut. The names are Pete Rock, Freddie Foxxx, Kenny Parker (brother of KRS), DJ S&S, Kenny Dope, Kid Capri and Domingo.

The song "Ah Yeah" originally appeared on the compilation album Pump Ya Fist. A limited promotional EP sampler of the compilation was released in 1995 featuring three exclusive remixes of the song (in addition to previews of featured selections by Jeru The Damaja and Rakim) - one produced by KRS-One himself and the other two by Diamond D.

Track listing[edit]

#TitleSongwritersProducer(s)Featured Performer (s)
1"Rappaz R. N. Dainja"L. ParkerDJ Premier
2"De Automatic"L. ParkerBig French ProductionsFat Joe
3"MC's Act Like They Don't Know"L. ParkerDJ Premier
4"Ah-Yeah"L. ParkerKRS-One
5"R.E.A.L.I.T.Y."L. ParkerNorty CottoDexter Thibou
6"Free Mumia"L. ParkerKRS-OneChannel Live
7"Hold"L. ParkerKRS-One
8"Wannabemceez"L. ParkerDJ PremierMad Lion
9"Represent the Real Hip Hop"L. ParkerShowbizDas Efx
10"The Truth"L. ParkerKRS-OneRich Nice
11"Build Ya Skillz"L. ParkerDiamond DBusta Rhymes
12"Out for Fame"L. ParkerKRS-One
13"Squash All Beef"L. ParkerDiamond D
14"Health, Wealth, Self"L. ParkerKRS-One

Recorded at Boogie Down Productions Studios and D&D Recording Studios Mastered at Absolute Audio, NYC

Samples[edit]

U.S. vinyl version missing CD tracks "Ah Yeah", "Hold", and "Health, Wealth, Self"; substituted are previously released tracks on side D, which are "I'm Still #1", "My Philosophy", "Jack of Spades", and "Why Is That".

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"MC's Act Like They Don't Know"
  • Released: August 28, 1995
  • B-side: "Represent the Real Hip-Hop"
"Rappaz R. N. Dainja" [UK release]
  • Released: 1995
  • B-side: "Ah - Yeah (Mellow Vibe Mix)", "Sound of Da Police"

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions
Billboard 200Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1995KRS-One#19#2

Singles[edit]

YearSongChart positions
The Billboard Hot 100Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & TracksHot Rap SinglesHot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1995MC's Act Like They Don't Know#57#35#9#1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KRS-One - KRS-One (Overview)". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. KRS-One (album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ The Source review