|Studio album by KRS-One|
|Released||November 7, 1995|
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 reveal that a few tracks were scrapped at the last minute; 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.
|#||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|
|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|
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".
- "What I Know" (Produced by Diamond D)
- "Clubs Dem"
- "Kris Is..." (Interlude)
- "Meta-physician" (Interlude)
Rappaz R. N. Dainja
- "Come On, Come Over" by Jaco Pastorius
- "Telephone Girl" by Assagai
- "Time's Up" by O.C.
- "World's Famous Supreme Team Show (Remix)" by Malcolm McLaren
- "Richard Pryor Dialogue" by Richard Pryor
- "Toys (Live)" by Herbie Hancock
MC's Act Like They Don't Know
- "Yesterdays" by Clifford Brown
- "Family" by Lamont Dozier
- "Papa" by Prince
Represent the Real Hip Hop
- "We Run Things (It's Like Dat)" by Da Bush Babees
Build Ya Skillz
- "Incognito" by Oneness of Juju
- "The Sorcerer of Isis" by Power of Zeus
- "Just Rhymin' With Biz" by Big Daddy Kane
- "N.T." by Kool & the Gang
Out for Fame
Squash All Beef
|"MC's Act Like They Don't Know"
|"Rappaz R. N. Dainja" [UK release]
|US Billboard 200||19|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||2|
|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|
- "KRS-One - KRS-One (Overview)". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. KRS-One (album) at AllMusic
- Rolling Stone review
- The Source review
- Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
- "KRS-One – Chart history" Billboard 200 for KRS-One.
- "KRS-One – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for KRS-One.
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