Return of the Boom Bap
|Return of the Boom Bap|
|Studio album by KRS-One|
|Released||September 28, 1993|
(New York, New York)
|Genre||East Coast hip hop, Underground Hip Hop, Conscious hip hop|
Return of the Boom Bap is KRS-One's first official solo album, released in 1993 on the Jive Records label. It peaked on the Billboard 200 charts at position 37 on October 16, 1993. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. The record was originally rated 4 mics in The Source in 1993.
Unlike the majority of the Boogie Down Productions LP's, KRS here takes a step back from the production duties and invites rising underground stars DJ Premier, Showbiz and Kid Capri to handle the beats in addition to his four contributions. The track "P Is Still Free" appeared on the Menace to Society soundtrack labeled as a B.D.P. track. The track "Black Cop" was originally released as a 12" single and a track for the CB4 movie soundtrack, thus also labeled as a B.D.P. track. This release says the song is produced by Pal Joey (who worked closely with Kris on the last two B.D.P. albums) and KRS-One. Wille D from Boogie Down Productions also makes an uncredited cameo as he join Kris on the mic as a guest rapper on "Slap Them Up". It's also very likely DJ Kenny Parker performs uncredited scratches and cuts on a few songs.
Track listing 
|1||"KRS-One Attacks"||C. Wright; L.Parker; C. Martin; S. LaRock||DJ Premier||KRS-One|
|2||"Outta Here"||L.Parker; C. Martin; J. Brown; E. Sadler; H. Shocklee; R. Walters||DJ Premier||KRS-One|
|3||"Black Cop"||L.Parker; C. S. Dodd; W. Williams||KRS-One||KRS-One|
|4||"Mortal Thought"||L. Parker; C. Martin; B. Joel; Phil Ramone||DJ Premier||KRS-One|
|5||"I Can't Wake Up"||L.Parker; C. Martin||DJ Premier, KRS-One, Adam Courneya||KRS-One|
|6||"Slap Them Up"||W.Broady; L. Parker; N. Cotto; D. Jones||Norty Cotto, Douglas Jones (co-producer)||KRS-One, Ill Will|
|7||"Sound of da Police"||R.Lemay, L. Parker, T. Washington, A. Lomax,B. Chandler, E. Burdon, J. A. Lomax, S. Stewart||Showbiz||KRS-One|
|8||"Mad Crew"||L. Parker, Curtis Mayfield||KRS-One||KRS-One|
|9||"Uh Oh"||L. Parker; Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson; Cleveland 'Clevie' Browne||KRS-One||KRS-One|
|10||"Brown Skin Woman"||D. Love; L. Parker; M. Jackson; J. Coltrane||Kid Capri||KRS-One|
|11||"Return of the Boom Bap"||L. Parker||KRS-One||KRS-One|
|12||""P" Is Still Free"||L.Parker; C. Martin; B. Maupin; J.Arrington||DJ Premier||KRS-One|
|13||"Stop Frontin'"||D. Love; L. Parker; B. Bernier; N. Simon; A. Jamal||Kid Capri||KRS-One, Kid Capri|
|14||"Higher Level"||L.Parker; C. Martin; G. Page||DJ Premier||KRS-One|
Left-Over Tracks 
- "It's Gettin' Hectic (Produced by DJ Premier)
Samples Used 
Source: Rap Sample FAQ
- "KRS-One Attacks"
- "A Mother's Love" by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (from the 1973 album "Doin' What Comes Naturally")
- "South Bronx" by Boogie Down Productions (from the 1987 album "Criminal Minded")
- "Outta Here"
- "Black Cop"
- "Mortal Thought"
- "Outside Love" by Brethren (from the 1969 self-titled album Brethren)
- "Rosalinda's Eyes" by Billy Joel (from the 1978 album "52nd Street")
- "I Can't Wake Up"
- "Sound of da Police"
- "Mad Crew"
- "Brown Skin Woman"
- ""P" Is Still Free"
- "The Jewel in the Lotus" by Benny Maupin (from the 1974 album "The Jewel in the Lotus")
- "Papa Was Too (Live)" by Joe Tex (from the 1968 album "Live and Lively")
- "Stop Frontin'"
- "Higher Level"
- "Blackula" by Gene Page (from the "Blackula" soundtrack)
Album singles 
|"Sound of Da Police"
Album chart positions 
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|1993||Return of the Boom Bap||#37||#5|
Singles chart positions 
|The Billboard Hot 100||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales|
|1993||Sound of Da Police||#89||#79||#17||#6|
- Allmusic review
- Boston Globe review
- Chicago Tribune review
- Robert Christgau review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Rap Reviews review
- Rolling Stone review
- Source review
- Sun Sentinel review
- Billboard.com – Discography (more) – KRS-One – Return of the Boom Bap
- Atco (November 1993) Original Album Review. The Source.
- www.the-breaks.com, AKA The (Rap) Sample FAQ