Return of the Boom Bap

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Return of the Boom Bap
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Studio album by KRS-One
Released September 28, 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
D&D Studios
(New York, New York)
Genre East Coast hip hop, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop
Length 55:47
Label Jive Records
Producer DJ Premier
Norty Cotto
Kid Capri
KRS-One chronology
Return of the Boom Bap
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[2]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
NME (8/10)[6]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
The Source 4/5 stars[9]
Sun-Sentinel (favorable)[10]
Vibe (favorable)[6]

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer(s)
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 KRS-One
6 "Slap Them Up" W.Broady; L. Parker; N. Cotto; D. Jones Norty Cotto, Douglas Jones 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

Leftover Tracks


KRS-One Attacks

Outta Here

Black Cop

Mortal Thought

I Can't Wake Up

Sound of Da Police

Mad Crew

Brown Skin Woman

"P" Is Still Free

Stop Frontin'

Higher Level

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Outta Here"
  • Released: September 3, 1993
  • B-side: "I Can't Wake Up"
"Sound of Da Police"
  • Released: December 6, 1993
  • B-side: "Hip Hop vs. Rap"


Album chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
US Billboard 200[13] 37
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 5

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
The Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1993 Outta Here #61 #5 #10
1993 Sound of Da Police #89 #79 #17 #6