Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded [Box]

Audio Samples

>Poetry
>South Bronx
>9mm Goes Bang
>Word from Our Sponsor
>Elementary
>Dope Beat
>Remix for P Is Free
>Bridge Is Over, The
>Super-Hoe
>Criminal Minded
>Advance [Original 12" Vocal Version]
>Success Is the Word [Original 12" Success Version]
>Say No Brother (Crack Attack Don't Do It) [Original 12" Vocal "Truth Mix"] - (remix, featuring Mark Gibbons)
>Operating Room Interview (A)
>Bridge Is Over [Clean "Red Alert" 12" Version], The
>Operating Room Interview (B)
>P Is Free [Original 12" Version], The
>Elementary [Dub] [Original Acetate Version]
>South Bronx [Red Alert KISS - Crackhead DJ Dis Version]
>Scott La Rock Megamix
>Stop the Violence [Original Massive 12" Extended Version]
>Essays on BDP-ism
>Bridge Is Over [The Bladerunners Edit], The
>Stop the Violence [Original Massive 12" A Capella Version]
>Poetry [Album Instrumental Version]
>South Bronx [Album Instrumental Version]
>9mm Goes Bang [Album Instrumental Version]
>Word from Our Sponsor [Album Instrumental Version]
>Elementary [Album Instrumental Version]
>Dope Beat [Album Instrumental Version]
>Remix for P Is Free [Album Instrumental Version]
>Bridge Is Over [Album Instrumental Version], The
>Super-Hoe [Album Instrumental Version]
>Criminal Minded [Album Instrumental Version]
>Advance [Original 12" Instrumental Version]
>Say No Brother (Crack Attack Don't Do It) [Original 12" Instrumental "Reality Mix"] - (remix, featuring Mark Gibbons)
>Stop the Violence [Original Massive 12" Instrumental Version]

Track List

>Poetry
>South Bronx
>9mm Goes Bang
>Word from Our Sponsor
>Elementary
>Dope Beat
>Remix for P Is Free
>Bridge Is Over, The
>Super-Hoe
>Criminal Minded
>Advance [Original 12" Vocal Version]
>Success Is the Word [Original 12" Success Version]
>Say No Brother (Crack Attack Don't Do It) [Original 12" Vocal "Truth Mix"] - (remix, featuring Mark Gibbons)
>Operating Room Interview (A)
>Bridge Is Over [Clean "Red Alert" 12" Version], The
>Operating Room Interview (B)
>P Is Free [Original 12" Version], The
>Elementary [Dub] [Original Acetate Version]
>South Bronx [Red Alert KISS - Crackhead DJ Dis Version]
>Scott La Rock Megamix
>Stop the Violence [Original Massive 12" Extended Version]
>Essays on BDP-ism
>Bridge Is Over [The Bladerunners Edit], The
>Stop the Violence [Original Massive 12" A Capella Version]
>Poetry [Album Instrumental Version]
>South Bronx [Album Instrumental Version]
>9mm Goes Bang [Album Instrumental Version]
>Word from Our Sponsor [Album Instrumental Version]
>Elementary [Album Instrumental Version]
>Dope Beat [Album Instrumental Version]
>Remix for P Is Free [Album Instrumental Version]
>Bridge Is Over [Album Instrumental Version], The
>Super-Hoe [Album Instrumental Version]
>Criminal Minded [Album Instrumental Version]
>Advance [Original 12" Instrumental Version]
>Say No Brother (Crack Attack Don't Do It) [Original 12" Instrumental "Reality Mix"] - (remix, featuring Mark Gibbons)
>Stop the Violence [Original Massive 12" Instrumental Version]

Album Reviews:

Vibe (12/99, p.157) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Vibe (6/02, p.108) - Ranked #3 in Vibe's "Top 10 rap albums" - "...Hip hop has never gotten much better than [this]..."

Album Notes

Boogie Down Productions includes: KRS-One (rap vocals); DJ Scott La Rock (programming, scratches).

Boogie Down Productions: KRS-One, Scott La Rock.

Liner Note Authors: Will C.; Brian Coleman .

Recording information: Bayside Sound; Power Play, Queens, NY; Tone Zone, Elhurst, NY.

CRIMINAL MINDED was the first of a string of albums (including RHYME PAYS, PAID IN FULL) which in 1987 established the blueprint for what would become hardcore or gangsta rap. A first in other respects as well, it shares PAID IN FULL's claim to the first James Brown samples; the sound generally set the tone for the next decade of hip-hop production.

The harder style that CRIMINAL MINDED introduced was a backlash to the Marley Marl/Juice Crew monopoly on mid-'80s hip-hop ("South Bronx" and "The Bridge is Over" express these sentiments in no uncertain terms). Ironically though, legend has it that KRS ONE and Scott La Rock realized the album with a drum reel lifted from Marley's studio (play "The Bridge Is Over" back to back with Marley productions like "Eric B. For President" or "The Bridge"). Even so, the staccato, reggae-inflected beats programmed with that reel (another first; "9 MM" and "The 'P' Is Free" were the first rap tracks to openly celebrate hip-hop's Jamaican roots) and the unprecedented sophistication of the battle-rhymes that KRS spread on top are pure BDP, with few equals in the history of rap music.



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