By All Means Necessary
|By All Means Necessary|
|Studio album by Boogie Down Productions|
|Released||May 31, 1988|
|Genre||Political Hip Hop , Golden age hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop , East Coast Hip Hop |
|Boogie Down Productions chronology|
By All Means Necessary is the second album from hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, released in 1988 on Jive Records. After the murder of DJ-producer Scott La Rock in 1987, MC KRS-One moved away from the violence that dominated its debut Criminal Minded and began to write socially conscious songs, while using the moniker the Teacher.
|The cover as compared to the famous Malcolm X photo (right). "By any means necessary" is an oft-quoted statement made by Malcolm X.|
Many themes, which surface a minimalist production accompanied by hard-hitting drum beats, cover social issues that include government and police corruption, safe sex, government involvement in the drug trade, and violence in the hip hop community.
As of September 25, 1989, the album was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. Both the album cover, depicting KRS-One, and the album title make reference to Malcolm X.
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|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The album is widely seen as one of, if not the first, politically conscious efforts in hip-hop. Allmusic.com described the album as a landmark of political hip hop and Rolling Stone praised its social commentary. Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone wrote, "Over irresistible beats provided by his BDP cohorts, KRS delivers the word on the drug trade, AIDS and violence—three forces that threaten to destroy minority communities."
In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
In 2008, the single "My Philosophy" was ranked number 49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
All songs were written, produced and performed by KRS-One.
|3.||"Stop the Violence"||4:42|
|6.||"I'm Still #1"||5:13|
|7.||"Part Time Suckers"||5:32|
- "My Philosophy" contains a sample from the Stanley Turrentine song "Sister Sanctified".
- "Ya Slippin'" contains a sample from the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water" and has the beat from "Poetry" from BDP's Criminal Minded.
- "Stop the Violence" contains the riddim from the Courtney Melody recording "This Sound A Dem Trouble".
- "Illegal Business" contains samples from the Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids recording "Creativity" and the Jefferson Starship recording "Rock Music".
- "Nervous" contains samples from the Rhythm Heritage recording "Sky's the Limit" and the War recording "Galaxy".
- "I'm Still #1" contains a sample from the All the People (featuring Robert Moore) recording "Cramp Your Style".
- "Part-Time Suckers" contains samples from the Smokey Robinson & the Miracles recording "Mickey's Monkey" and Stevie Wonder's hit song "Part-Time Lover".
- "Jimmy" contains the basic rhythm from the Wings song "Let 'Em In" and a sample from the Sequence song "Funk You Up."
Album chart positions
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|1988||By All Means Necessary||#75||#18|
Singles chart positions
|Billboard Hot 100||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles|
|1988||Stop the Violence||-||#76||-|
- "My Philosophy"
- "Gangsta Gangsta" by N.W.A. from the album Straight Outta Compton
- "How Many MC's..." by Black Moon from the album Enta Da Stage
- "The Sounds of Science" by the Beastie Boys from the album Paul's Boutique
- "M-Sea-Creasy" by Canibus from the album Rip the Jacker
- "Wack Mc's" by Slaughterhouse released on the internet
- "Part Time Suckers"
- "Stop the Violence"
- "I'm Still Number 1"
- All The People - Cramp Your Style (feat. Robert Moore)
- "Poison" by BBD (Interpolation: "Never trust a big butt and a smile.")
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