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KRS-One (born Kris Parker) was the leader of Boogie Down Productions, one of the most influential hardcore hip-hop outfits of the '80s. At the height of his career, roughly 1987-1990, KRS-One was known for his furiously political and socially conscious raps, which is the source of his nickname, "the Teacher." Around the time of 1990's Edutainment, BDP's audience began to slip as many fans thought his raps were becoming preachy. As a reaction, KRS-One began to re-establish his street credibility with harder, sparer beats and raps. 1992's Sex and Violence was the first sign that he was taking a harder approach, one that wasn't nearly as concerned with teaching. KRS-One's first solo album, 1993's Return of the Boom Bap, was an extension of the more direct approach of Sex and Violence, yet it didn't halt his commercial decline. Still, he forged on with a high-quality self-titled 1995 effort and 1996's Battle for Rap Supremacy, a joint effort with his old rival MC Shan. After 1997's I Got Next, he put his solo career on hiatus for several years, finally returning in early 2001 with The Sneak Attack. The following year brought two full releases: the gospel effort Spiritual Minded and The Mix Tape, the latter including a single ("Ova Here") that stood as a response to Nelly, only the latest hip-hop figure to feud with the Blastmaster. In 2003 KRS-One released two albums, Kristyles and D.I.G.I.T.A.L., while the next year brought only one, Keep Right. In 2006 Life came out on the small, California-based Antagonist Records. The following year KRS-One reunited with Marley Marl to create Hip Hop Lives, an attempt to preserve the golden age of hip-hop. His 2012 effort, The BDP Album, was nostalgia from a different angle, reuniting the rapper with former BDP DJ Kenny Parker. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
KRS-One

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    The Real HipHop

    16 songs

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    King of the Ol' Skool

    14 songs

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    The BDP Album

    14 songs

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    Survival Skills

    12 songs

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    Maximum Strength

    21 songs

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    Adventures in Emceein

    26 songs

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    Peedo and the Luna Empire Mix Tape

    20 songs

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    D.I.G.I.T.A.L.

    17 songs

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    Kristyles

    13 songs

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    The Mix Tape

    19 songs

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    The Sneak Attack

    19 songs

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    I Got Next

    14 songs

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    KRS-One

    14 songs

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    Return of the Boom Bap

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    Big Up New York

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    Strickly for Da Breakdancers & Emceez

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    A Retrospective

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    The Just-Ice and KRS-One EP, Vol. 1

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    Playlist: The Very Best of KRS-One

    14 songs

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    Life

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    Keep Right

    13 songs

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    Prophets Vs. Profits

    21 songs

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    Spiritual Minded [Japan Bonus Track]

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    Memories: The Remix


Top Songs by
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  2.   Sound of da Police
  3.   MC's Act Like They Don't Know
  4.   Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)
  5.   Outta Here
  6.   Black Cop
  7.   Return of the Boom Bap
  8.   Survival Skills featuring Buckshot
  9.   I Can't Wake Up
  10.   Brown Skin Woman
  11.   Jack of Spades
  12.   We Will Rock You
  13.   You Must Learn
  14.   The MC
  15.   Gimme Da 90's by True Master
  16.   Some Live Shit from the East Coast
  17.   Hip Hop vs. Rap
  18.   Ah-Yeah
  19.   Survive by Les Paul
  20.   The Message 2002
  21.   The Truth
  22.   Introducing
  23.   Politricks by Just-Ice
  24.   One of Them Days by True Master
  25.   Today's Topics by Chuck D
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