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Tuesday, Jun 02 2015 | 06:28
Image: 1597573 Boogie Down Productions was one of the most important hip-hop crews
of the 1980s and ‘90s, and are rightfully revered by both fans and
scholars. First exploding out of the South Bronx in 1986, the group
created an amazing mix of raw power and hyper-intelligence, and gave the
world multiple classics throughout the late ‘80s, under the BPD moniker,
even after losing DJ and chief producer Scott LaRock
to gun violence in 1987.
For reasons unknown, the group’s early 1990s output – which also
includes Live Hardcore Worldwide and Edutainment – lost some luster in
the eyes and ears of fans. But this wasn’t KRS-One’s fault. The legendary
MC never faltered in bringing true intelligence and a forward-thinking
stance to the rap world, even as derivative gangsta rap took over the
music scene on the whole, in the wake of N.W.A..
1992’s Sex & Violence, the last album made under the Boogie Down
Productions name, is a perfect example of an underrated classic, and fans
will appreciate it getting new shine here, to correct its lukewarm reception
upon its initial release. Produced by KRS-One and Pal Joey, the album
explores the darkest sides of the American urban landscape and psyche,
with KRS as narrator, detailing all sides of the matrix.
While singles like the granite hard “Duck Down” and the funky-as-hell “We
In There” got most of the attention in ‘92, the deeper sequence reveals
plenty of additional gems: the history lesson of the dark and dusty “Drug
Dealer”, “Ruff Ruff,” with scowling MC favorite Freddie Foxxx, the
grooving “Questions and Answers”, and the frantic
“How Not To Get Jerked.”
Back on vinyl and ready for another (or, for some, first) listen, fans of
old-school-done-right classics have no excuse this time around.

1. The Original Way
2. Duck Down
3. Drug Dealer
4. Like A Throttle
1. Build And Destroy
2. Ruff Ruff (feat. Freddie Foxxx)
3. 13 And Good
4. Poisonous Products
1. Questions And Answers
2. Say Gal
3. We In There
4. Sex And Violence
1. How Not To Get Jerked
2. Who Are The Pimps?
3. The Real Holy Place
4. Feel The Vibe, Feel The Beat Available from 03.07.2015
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