Criminal Minded Import
BDP's first album--and the only one to include the late DJ Scott La Rock--sounded harder than hell when it came out in 1987. Though the simple beat-box patterns on a few tracks sound dated, most of La Rock's tracks are bluntly effective, especially the AC/DC riff he appropriates on "Dope Beat." And KRS-One still performs most of his Criminal Minded rhymes, because his audience knows them word for word: the ultraviolent dancehall of "9mm Goes Bang," the battle cry of "South Bronx" (and its counterpart, the anti-Juice Crew screed of "The Bridge Is Over," with its little Billy Joel homage), the catalog of La Rock's condom collection on "Super-Hoe." KRS bloomed later; here, he just rocked. --Douglas Wolk
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KRSに馴染みの無い人も、最近のものしか聞かないという人も、ヒップホップを聞き進めていくうちに巡り巡ってこのアルバムにたどり着くことでしょう。古典でありながら現在のシーンには無い輝きを今尚放ち続け、例え歴史的な先入観を取り払ったとしてもこの音楽のパワーは圧巻。KRSの荒々しいラップ、スコットのこれまたむき出しの、まさにRAWなビート... Black starもカバーした＃7、MF DOOMが下地にした＃1、＃9など、いかにこのアルバムがシーンにおいても重要視されていることか...
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.
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.
The other songs "9mm Goes Bang","A Word From Our Sponser","Elementary" and "Scott La Rock Had 'Em All (Super Hoe)" makes noise but not like those I've named in the beginning. Then they released the instrumental album of all 10 songs from the original. I'm like 'that's great man',scooped up another pair. Any release was a must have at this point,even if I had it from this album already.
Some beats were done by CED-GEE of the ULTRAMAGNETIC MC'S but he gets no credit for it (he got jerked by BDP's label at that time). Nonetheless,this is the classic of the late 80's. No album before or after by any rap duo can touch this album.
I must add though,the first 10 original songs total about 50 minutes of the CD,so how can another 10 songs (instrumentals) fit on an 80 minute disc? Each of the 10 instrumental songs are shorten to 2:15. Too cheap to double the album I guess. Oh well,enjoy!
RIP SCOTT LA ROCK,we miss you,bra.