Tuesday, May 14 2013
On Boogie Down Productions' "My Philosophy", rapper KRS-One was as lyrically poignant as he's ever been, delivering rhymes that are just as relevant today as they back in 1988.
Tuesday, March 8 2011
If video killed the radio star, some might argue that technology crippled the hip-hop mix masters. Crippled, maybe, but the deejay is not obsolete.
Sunday, September 26 2010
Hip-hop has been engaged in an ongoing tension between fantasy and reality, art and artifice but rappers, like all good artists, sometimes have to lie in order to tell the truth.
Wednesday, August 18 2010
Bluster and bravado are considered par for the course in hip-hop, but rappers adopt cunning personas to tell stories of money, power, and respect.
Sunday, May 16 2010
In their first collaboration, KRS-One and Buckshot educate the next generation of hip-hop artists and fans alike by bringing the heart back to hip-hop.
Thursday, December 3 2009
Hip-hop luminaries deliver a tag team album with solid results, but could have reached deeper for something more valuable.
Tuesday, February 10 2009
Save your money for an actual Talib Kweli concert. You'll be glad that you did.
Sunday, January 4 2009
Having more than one rapper on the scene enhances and galvanizes a song, as the central theme is strengthened with each successive verse. As the saying goes, there's strength in numbers.
Tuesday, September 16 2008
Maybe surprises are overrated. You can probably guess KRS-One's subject matter before he delivers it, but his overall consistency is enviable.
Wednesday, June 20 2007
Whether he's still "number one" is immaterial. What matters is that, after over two decades in hip-hop, KRS-One is here to say the culture is still alive. And that sound in his voice? That's pure joy.