Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop

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Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 4, 1989
GenrePolitical hip hop,[1] East Coast hip hop[1]
LabelJive/RCA Records
Boogie Down Productions chronology
By All Means Necessary
Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop
Singles from Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop
  1. "Jack of Spades"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Why Is That?"
    Released: 1989
  3. "You Must Learn"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
Los Angeles Times3.5/5 stars[3]
The New York Times(favorable)[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
Trouser Press(favorable)[6]
The Washington Post(favorable)[7]

Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop is the third album from Boogie Down Productions. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 25, 1989.

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks produced by KRS-One
# Title Songwriters Performer (s)
1 "The Style You Haven't Done Yet" KRS-One KRS-One
2 "Why Is That?" KRS-One KRS-One
3 "The Blueprint" KRS-One KRS-One
4 "Jack of Spades" KRS-One KRS-One
5 "Jah Rulez" KRS-One, Harmony KRS-One, Harmony
6 "Breath Control" KRS-One D-Nice, KRS-One
7 "Who Protects Us from You?" KRS-One KRS-One
8 "You Must Learn" KRS-One KRS-One
9 "Hip Hop Rules" KRS-One KRS-One
10 "Bo! Bo! Bo!" KRS-One KRS-One
11 "Gimme, Dat, (Woy)" KRS-One KRS-One
12 "Ghetto Music" KRS-One, William S. Patterson KRS-One
13 "World Peace" KRS-One KRS-One

Instrumental credits[edit]


Chart (1989) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 36
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 7


Year Song Chart positions
1989 "Jack of Spades" 3 15
1989 "Why Is That?" 5 48 20
1989 "You Must Learn" 15


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b c Steve Huey. "Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop - Boogie Down Productions | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "B". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved August 17, 2020 – via
  3. ^ "Parker Sings of Peace : BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS "Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop." Jive/RCA *** 1/2 - latimes". 1989-07-30. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (1989-07-23). "RECORDINGS - Street Smarts Beyond Rap's Braggadocio". Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2013-08-15.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Boogie Down Productions". 1987-08-25. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2009-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Boogie Down Productions Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Boogie Down Productions Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Boogie Down Productions – Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop". Recording Industry Association of America.