One of hip hop's most legendary releases now on 7"! This unique and collectible 7" box set features the entire album spread over five 45s, housed in a durable box lined with two versions of the B-Boy Records logo. Each 45 is enclosed in a mini replica of the B-Boy 12" jacket. Here's what Ayres had to say when we first stocked the album: Drums, Drums, DRUMS! BDP's debut album is raw-sounding now, but was revolutionary in 1987, bringing dancehall out of the New York underground and into the hip-hop mainstream. "South Bronx" is the Pelon anthem, and KRS's legendary MC Shan/Marley Marl dis "The Bridge is Over" carries the torch, answering "The Bridge" and settling the Bronx vs. Queens debate ("Manhattan keeps on makin it, Brooklyn keeps on takin it, Bronx keeps creatin it and Queens keeps on faking it!"). "Super-Hoe" has the super-duty tough drums that backpackers rediscovered in '99 when Blackstar combined the "Super-Hoe" drums with the "P is Free" remix's Diseases riddim sample to make "Definition." "Criminal Minded" is another banger - it's hard to imagine what hip-hop would sound like now without Scott La Rock's contributions back then. The LP would be perfect except for the ACDC sample on "Dope Beat"- were they trying to make a "Walk this Way" type crossover record? (ed. note: we actually like this track). Still, Criminal Minded quickly became the blueprint for hardcore conscious rap and it definitely makes my top ten hip-hop albums of all-time.
- music label: B-Boy Records / Traffic Entertainment Group 1987 / 2014
reviewed by Kool Moby 06/2014
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