I Got Next

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I Got Next
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 20, 1997
GenreHip-hop, East Coast Hip Hop,[1] Conscious hip hop [2]
LabelJive/BMG Records
Jesse West
Gordon "Commissioner Gordon" Williams
DJ Cipher
DJ Muggs
Edward Nappi
Sean "Puffy" Combs
Stevie J
KRS-One chronology
I Got Next
A Retrospective
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
The Source3.5/5 stars[7]

I Got Next is KRS-One's third official solo album. The album sold 94,000 copies first week and it peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. It remains his best-selling album to date, receiving the RIAA certification for Gold-level sales.

Phat Kat used a lyrical excerpt from "A Friend" for his 2007 J Dilla-produced single "Don't Nobody Care About Us" from his album Carte Blanche.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "1st Quarter: The Commentary" KRS-One *Interlude*
2 "2nd Quarter: Free Throws" KRS-One *Interlude*
3 "The MC" L. Parker, D. Padilla Domingo KRS-One
4 "I Got Next - Neva Hadda Gun" L. Parker KRS-One KRS-One
5 "Heartbeat" L. Parker, R. Noble, L. Hill, K. Keaton, B. Robinson, M. Dewese KRS-One Angie Martinez, KRS-One, Redman
6 "Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)" L. Parker, J. West, C. Stein, D. Harry, H. Palmer Jesse West Keva, KRS-One
7 "A Friend" L. Parker, R. Lemay Showbiz KRS-One
8 "H.I.P.-H.O.P." L. Parker, Thor-El KRS-One KRS-One, Thor-El
9 "Halftime" L. Parker, G. Williams Gordon "Commissioner Gordon" Williams *Interlude*
10 "3rd Quarter: The Commentary" KRS-One *Interlude*
11 "Klassicks" DJ Cipher, Thembisa *Interlude*
12 "Blowe" L. Parker, R. Noble, R. Lemay Showbiz KRS-One, Redman
13 "Real Hip-Hop, Pt. II" L. Parker, S. Bouchet, S. Griffith, T. Hooks KRS-One KRS-One, Lamont Fields, Mic Vandalz
14 "Come to da Party" L. Parker, A. Mills KRS-One Anthony Mills, KRS-One
15 "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" L. Parker, L. Muggerud DJ Muggs KRS-One
16 "Over Ya Head" L. Parker, G. Simone Gordon "Commissioner Gordon" Williams, KRS-One KRS-One
17 "Just to Prove a Point" L. Parker, G. Simone, P. Hines, P. Mengede, E. Nappi Edward Nappi, KRS-One, Peter Hines, Peter Mengede G. Simone, KRS-One
18 "4th Quarter: Free Throws" KRS-One *Interlude*
19 "Step into a World (Rapture's Delight) (Remix)" (Bonus Track) Sean "Puffy" Combs & Stevie J Keva, KRS-One, Puff Daddy

Instrumentation Credits[edit]

"Over Ya Head"

  • Saxophone [Tenor] - Keith Loftis
  • Trombone - Dupor Georges
  • Trumpet - George Fontenette

"Just To Prove A Point"

  • Bass - Edward Nappi
  • Drums - Peter Hines
  • Guitar - Peter Mengede


The MC


Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)

A Friend


Real Hip-Hop, Pt. II

Step into a World (Rapture's Delight) (Remix)

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Can't Stop, Won't Stop"
  • Released: January 13, 1997
  • B-side: "The MC"
"Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)"
  • Released: March 3, 1997
  • Released: July 21, 1997
  • B-side: "A Friend"


Album chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[8] 18
US Billboard 200[9] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 2

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1996 The MC 67 17 2
1997 Step Into A World 22 8 1
1997 A Friend 70 - -

In popular culture[edit]

The album's lead single, "Step into a World", was featured as a bonus track in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K14. It was also featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 film This Is the End.