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Criminal Minded Vinyl 2LP

B-Boy RecordsSKU hh-5689

KRS-One, D-Nice + Scott La Rock's game-changing 1987 debut in hard-to-find 2LP format. South Bronx!!
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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 diss "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 Black Star combined it 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 AC/DC 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.

  • black double vinyl pressing
  • housed in gatefold sleeve w/ extensive liner notes
  • original release year: 1987
  • music label: B-Boy Records 2024
reviewed by Ayres 06/2014
UPC: 706091204104


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