Boogie Down Productions

Genres: Urban
Tags: hip-hop rap hip hop old school old school hip hop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Bronx, New York-based rap duo comprised DJ Scott LaRock (Scott Sterling, d. 27 August 1987, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) and rapper KRS-One (b. Lawrence Krisna Parker, 20 August 1965, New York, USA). KRS-One (aka KRS-1) is an acronym for Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone, and ‘edutainment’ remained a central theme in the work of Boogie Down Productions. Similar to most New York rap crews, their lyrics highlighted the problems faced by the black community in a modern urban environment, compounded by the increasing drug problems, gang wars and use of weaponry on the streets. Indeed, LaRock and KRS-One, who had formerly worked with ‘joke’ rap act 12:41 (‘Success Is The Word’), met at a homeless people’s shelter in the Bronx, where LaRock was a counsellor and KRS-One a client. Following their first release, ‘Crack Attack’, their debut album, Criminal Minded, was produced in conjunction with...

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