KRS-One (album)

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KRS One
KRS-One - KRS-One.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 10, 1995 (1995-10-10)
Recorded1995
Studio
  • Boogie Down Productions Studios (New York, NY)
  • D&D Recording Studio (New York, NY)
Genre
Length1:05:49
LabelJive
Producer
KRS-One chronology
Return of the Boom Bap
(1993)
KRS One
(1995)
I Got Next
(1997)
Singles from KRS One
  1. "MC's Act Like They Don't Know"
    Released: August 28, 1995
  2. "Rappaz R. N. Dainja"
    Released: November 29, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(dud)[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
The Source4/5 stars[5]

KRS One is the second solo studio album by American hip hop artist KRS-One. It was released on October 10, 1995 via Jive Records. Production was handled by DJ Premier, Diamond D, Big French Productions, Norty Cotto, Showbiz and KRS-One himself. It features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Channel Live, Das EFX, Dexter Thibou, Fat Joe and Mad Lion.

The album made it to number 19 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the United States. It also debuted at number 95 on the UK Albums Chart and number 13 on the UK R&B Albums Chart. Its lead single, "MC's Act Like They Don't Know", peaked at No. 57 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 84 on the UK Singles Chart. It second single, "Rappaz R. N. Dainja", peaked at No. 47 in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Rappaz R. N. Dainja"DJ Premier5:58
2."De Automatic" (featuring Fat Joe)Big French Productions4:25
3."MC's Act Like They Don't Know"DJ Premier4:55
4."Ah-Yeah"KRS-One3:50
5."R.E.A.L.I.T.Y." (featuring Dexter Thibou)Norty Cotto4:17
6."Free Mumia" (featuring Channel Live)KRS-One4:08
7."Hold"KRS-One5:55
8."Wannabemceez" (featuring Mad Lion)DJ Premier4:21
9."Represent the Real Hip Hop" (featuring Das EFX)Showbiz4:38
10."The Truth"KRS-One3:46
11."Build Ya Skillz" (featuring Busta Rhymes)Diamond D4:41
12."Out for Fame"KRS-One4:51
13."Squash All Beef"Diamond D5:04
14."Health, Wealth, Self"KRS-One5:00
Total length:1:05:49
Sample credits
  • Track 1 contains a sample from "Time's Up" written by Omar Credle and Anthony Best as recorded by O.C.
  • Track 8 contains excerpts from "Pure" written by Ansar Bing, Askia Bing, Dwayne Burns, Keenan Edwards, Sean Nelson and Steven Samuel and performed by the Troubleneck Brothers
  • Track 9 contains a sample from "We Run Things (It's Like Dat)" written by Acklins Khaliyl Dillon, Harold Lee, Jamahl Hanna and Ali Shaheed Muhammad as recorded by Da Bush Babees
  • Track 13 contains a sample from "Mystique Blues" written by Wayne Henderson as recorded by The Crusaders

Personnel[edit]

  • Lawrence "KRS-One" Parker – main artist, producer (tracks: 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14), engineering (tracks: 7, 10, 14), mixing (tracks: 2, 4-7, 10, 12, 14)
  • Joseph "Fat Joe" Cartagena – featured artist (track 2)
  • Dexter Thibou – featured artist (track 5)
  • Vincent "Tuffy" Morgan – featured artist (track 6)
  • Hakim Green – featured artist (track 6)
  • Oswald "Mad Lion" Priest – featured artist (track 8)
  • Andre "Krazy Drayz" Weston – featured artist (track 9)
  • Willie "Skoob" Hines – featured artist (track 9)
  • Trevor "Busta Rhymes" Smith – featured artist (track 11)
  • Richard "Rich Nice" Jackson – backing vocals (track 10)
  • Derek "Sadat X" Murphy – backing vocals (track 13)
  • Rodney "DJ Dice" Battle – scratches (track 9)
  • Chris "DJ Premier" Martin – producer (tracks: 1, 3, 8), mixing (tracks: 1, 8)
  • Frenchie "Big French" Hunt – producer (track 2)
  • Norberto "Norty" Cotto – producer & mixing (track 5), engineering (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 12)
  • Rodney "Showbiz" LeMay – producer (track 9)
  • Joseph "Diamond D" Kirkland – producer & mixing (tracks: 11, 13)
  • "Commissioner" Gordon Williams – mixing (track 6), engineering (tracks: 6, 9, 11, 13), editing (tracks: 4, 10)
  • Eddie Sancho – engineering (tracks: 1, 8)
  • Won Allen – engineering (track 4)
  • Luis Tineo – engineering assistant (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 8, 12)
  • Roderick Goode – engineering assistant (tracks: 7, 10)
  • Tom Brick – mastering
  • Miguel Rivera – design
  • Daniel Hastings – photography
  • Scott "DJ Scott La Rock" Sterling – overseen by

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
US US HH/R&B US Rap US Dance Singles Sales UK
1995 "MC's Act Like They Don't Know" 57 35 9 1 84
"Rappaz R. N. Dainja" 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "KRS-One - KRS-One | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 764". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  3. ^ Coker, Cheo H. (November 16, 1995). "KRS-One". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Dre, A.L. (1995). "Classic Review : KRS One in The Source (1995)". The Source. Archived from the original on July 8, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2021 – via Press Rewind If I Haven't...
  6. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  7. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  8. ^ "KRS-One Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  9. ^ "KRS-One Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  10. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1995". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2021.

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