|Boogie Down Productions- Edutainment
Pre: I was the only white guy at my job when Scott LaRock was killed. Everyone on my crew gave me a crash course in rap music at a time when white punk rockers were never exposed to rap. The politics of KRS-One reminded me of Minor Threat and I liked it.
Post: If rap still was this good, I’d still buy rap.
Faves: Blackman in Effect- Early 90s Afrocentrism started with valid social criticism but veered into historical revisionism and conspiracy theory but the song is still good. Love’s Gonna Get’cha is a strong critique of Hip Hop materialism. Edutainment’s sample of Don Drummond makes this my favorite rap track ever.
Overall: While some of the production is a bit dated, this album is still many orders of magnitude better than anything on urban radio today. Lyrically and politically aggressive like the best of Reagan/Thacher-era punk rock.