Return of the Boom Bap

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Return of the Boom Bap
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1993
D&D Studios
(New York, New York)
GenreHip hop, hardcore hip hop
LabelJive Records
ProducerDJ Premier
Norty Cotto
Kid Capri
KRS-One chronology
Return of the Boom Bap
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
The Boston Globe(favorable)[2]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauA−[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Source4/5 stars[9]

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] According to KRS One the album has sold over 300,000 copies [13]

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, 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

Used Tracks[edit]

Some of the songs were used in movies and video games:

Sound of Da Police

I Can't Wake Up

Outta Here

Black Cop

  • "CB4" film 1993

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[14] 37
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 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