Sex and Violence (album)

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Sex and Violence
Sex and Violence BDP.jpg
Studio album by Boogie Down Productions
Released February 25, 1992
Recorded 1990–1991; Street Music Studio & Battery Studios, NYC
Genre Hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop,[1] East Coast Hip Hop[2]
Label Jive
Producer KRS-One, Pal Joey, Prince Paul, DJ Kenny Parker, D-Square
Boogie Down Productions chronology
Sex and Violence
Man & His Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A−[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B+[7]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[8]
RapReviews 9/10[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[10]
The Source 4.5/5[11]

Sex and Violence is the fifth and final album released by hip hop group Boogie Down Productions. The next year, 1993, the group's lead member, KRS-One, would begin recording under his own name.

The track "Build And Destroy" deals with KRS-One's ideological differences—as a self-proclaimed humanist—with X Clan and its brand of Afrocentrism. Previously, and on numerous occasions, the X-Clan had denounced any association with the concept, instead affirming its pro-Black stance. This, according to KRS-One's younger brother and Boogie Down Production's DJ Kenny Parker, was an insinuation that KRS was a "sell-out."[12] Both parties have since reconciled their differences and on X-Clan's Return from Mecca album.

KRS One has stated that the album has sold about 250,000 copies, half of what the previous BDP album (Edutainment) sold. KRS-One has stated that he believes this was due to an incident that year, in which BDP stormed the stage during a concert performance by alternative hip-hop duo PM Dawn, which was in retaliation for the latter's published comments that questioned KRS-One being a self-proclaimed "teacher".[13]

The album track "Say Gal" was written about the rape trial of professional boxer Mike Tyson.[14]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "The Original Way" D-Square, Kenny Parker Freddie Foxxx, KRS-One, Kid Capri
2 "Duck Down" Pal Joey KRS-One
3 "Drug Dealer" Prince Paul KRS-One
4 "Like a Throttle" Kenny Parker KRS-One
5 "Build & Destroy" Kenny Parker KRS-One, Kenny Parker, Willie D.
6 "Ruff Ruff" D-Square KRS-One, Freddie Foxxx
7 "13 and Good" Pal Joey KRS-One, Kenny Parker, Heather B.
8 "Poisonous Products" Kenny Parker KRS-One
9 "Questions and Answers" Pal Joey KRS-One, Willie D.
10 "Say Gal" KRS-One KRS-One, Kenny Parker
11 "We in There" Kenny Parker KRS-One, Kenny Parker, Willie D.
12 "Sex and Violence" Prince Paul KRS-One
13 "How Not to Get Jerked" Prince Paul KRS-One
14 "Who Are The Pimps?" Pal Joey KRS-One
15 "The Real Holy Place" D-Square, KRS-One KRS-One

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard 200[15] 42
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[16] 20


Year Song Chart positions
Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1992 13 and Good 12 -
Duck Down 16 46
We in There 24 -

See also[edit]

  • Michel Foucault regarding the intersection of the technique KRS-One used on "Questions and Answers" of interviewing himself, and themes of sex and violence.