Boom Bap Original Rap; KRS-One – Return of the Boom Bap Review
|Album||Return of the Boom Bap|
|Record Label||Jive Records|
|Release Type||Full Length|
KRS One’s first solo album, Return of the Boom Bap is the apex of 90s raw Hip-Hop, the sound that became popular and mainstream and paved the way to more recognized artists nowadays. The sound that’s persistent on this album is not something that you can listen to in media currently, it’s very distinct of its time and that makes it much more valuable, some of the songs KRS One put out on Return of the Boom Bap are still timeless classics that we are unable to trade off for any track out there in the scene.
KRS One always made sure his music was his statement, his lyrics are sharp and directly defiant to the system around him and the controversy around his opinions is something that seeps into his creation. Instead of shying away and detaching his music from his personal views, he uses it as a vehicle to spread his ideas and convictions successfully across his followers. Apart from speaking his mind about social issues, racial profiling, clashes with the police (which is a very prominent theme on this work), he also speaks of the greatness of Rap and Hip-Hop, exalting his culture and lifestyle without apologies, inspiring upcoming rappers and musicians like him to express themselves through their tracks and do it loudly.
Return of the Boom Bap is all made of incredible, on-point and well produced sounds, vicious lyrics and powerful energies, but even among greatness, certain songs stick out like knives, in the way that they are so good, so real and so well done that most people would enjoy them, whether they like Rapping and Hip-Hop at all. First of all, the album Intro, “KRS One Attacks” is a better than most tracks on itself, carefully worked on, catchy, simple yet an effective way to get you started on what you’re in for. A few lines of lyrics make the whole composition work and have enough depth to make you interested in the rest, and the rest is where the grandiosity lies, “Outta Here” continues with that old-school Rap with personal story-telling through rhymes that made the genre stand out even with its early simple beats.
It is on “Black Cop” that the more social aspect of the lyrics starts showing up and without a warning you’re within a political and rebellious statement that goes beyond the music. KRS One’s way with words is almost up to a prophet level to the youth that lived on the same situation as him and lived his oppression like he did. “Sound of Da Police” leaves all caution aside completely and finally, plunging the album into an aggressive anthem that resonated all around Hip-Hop back then and still does.
However, this album is not all about fronting and defiance, the album’s title track, “Return of the Boom Bap” is carefree within its own purpose of keeping the message of the whole production up, taking a moment to lower the sharpness and give different colors to the work, proving that Hip-Hop is more than an empowering genre, is also celebratory for its people and anyone that it’s shared with.
Finally, the album closes with “Higher Level”, on a completely different note from the beginning and the middle, coming down from a power rush to a mellow and enlightening moment that is not without the ever-standing idea of power to KRS One’s likeminded.
“Return of the Boom Bap” is a statement album that clearly inspired many artists to come, with lyrics that even youth today might find here and there, referred to on hits throughout Hip-Hop ever since. Using the word statement so much might seem repetitive, but after all, there is no better word to describe this classic production.
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Summary "Return of the Boom Bap" is a statement album that clearly inspired many artists to come, with lyrics that even youth today might find here and there, referred to on hits throughout Hip-Hop ever since. Using the word statement so much might seem repetitive, but after all, there is no better word to describe this classic production.