KRS-One (album)

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KRS-One
Studio album by KRS-One
Released November 7, 1995[1]
Recorded 1994–1995
Genre East Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop
Length 65:49
Label Jive Records
Producer KRS-One
DJ Premier
Diamond D
Showbiz
Norty Cotto
KRS-One chronology
Return of the Boom Bap
(1993)
KRS-One
(1995)
I Got Next
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau (dud) [3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [4]
The Source 4/5 stars [5]

KRS-One is the second album released by hip hop artist KRS-One under his own name. The album was originally meant to be titled Hip-Hop Vs. Rap, as can be seen in the early The Source's and Rap Pages reviews, which also reveals that a few tracks were scrapped at the last minute in addition to the change of album title. These songs include the Diamond D produced song "What I Know", the ragga-flavoured "Club Dems" and a few interludes including "Kris Is..." and "Meta-physician". All of these songs still remain unreleased to this day although they have all been posted at XXL Magazines webpage for streaming.

The album is weaved together by a string of interludes appearing between songs featuring radio shoutouts to Kris from hip-hop heavyweights including Lord Finesse, Rakim, Method Man, Mr. Magic, Jeru The Damaja and even MC Shan, who had famously feuded with KRS and his group Boogie Down Productions a decade prior. Inside the CD booklet KRS-One gives shoutouts to additional producers who worked on the LP but whose songs didn't make the final cut. The names are Pete Rock, Freddie Foxxx, Kenny Parker (brother of KRS), DJ S&S, Kenny Dope, Kid Capri and Domingo.

The song "Ah Yeah" originally appeared on the compilation album Pump Ya Fist. A limited promotional EP sampler of the compilation was released in 1995 featuring three exclusive remixes of the song (in addition to previews of featured selections by Jeru The Damaja and Rakim) - one produced by KRS-One himself and the other two by Diamond D.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Featured Performer (s)
1 "Rappaz R. N. Dainja" L. Parker DJ Premier
2 "De Automatic" L. Parker Big French Productions Fat Joe
3 "MC's Act Like They Don't Know" L. Parker DJ Premier
4 "Ah-Yeah" L. Parker KRS-One
5 "R.E.A.L.I.T.Y." L. Parker Norty Cotto Dexter Thibou
6 "Free Mumia" L. Parker KRS-One Channel Live
7 "Hold" L. Parker KRS-One
8 "Wannabemceez" L. Parker DJ Premier Mad Lion
9 "Represent the Real Hip Hop" L. Parker Showbiz Das Efx
10 "The Truth" L. Parker KRS-One Rich Nice
11 "Build Ya Skillz" L. Parker Diamond D Busta Rhymes
12 "Out for Fame" L. Parker KRS-One
13 "Squash All Beef" L. Parker Diamond D
14 "Health, Wealth, Self" L. Parker KRS-One

Recorded at Boogie Down Productions Studios and D&D Recording Studios Mastered at Absolute Audio, NYC

Samples[edit]

U.S. vinyl version missing CD tracks "Ah Yeah", "Hold", and "Health, Wealth, Self"; substituted are previously released tracks on side D, which are "I'm Still #1", "My Philosophy", "Jack of Spades", and "Why Is That".

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"MC's Act Like They Don't Know"
  • Released: August 28, 1995
  • B-side: "Represent the Real Hip-Hop"
"Rappaz R. N. Dainja" [UK release]
  • Released: 1995
  • B-side: "Ah - Yeah (Mellow Vibe Mix)", "Sound of Da Police"

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1995 KRS-One #19 #2

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
The Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1995 MC's Act Like They Don't Know #57 #35 #9 #1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KRS-One - KRS-One (Overview)". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. KRS-One (album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ The Source review