- Released: May 20, 1997
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Rolling Stone - 5/15/97, p.1153 Stars (out of 5)
- "...a smorgasbord of jazzy rhythms, R&B melodies, and, as usual, old-school boom bap--all propelled by KRS-One's trademark boastful lilts..."
Entertainment Weekly - 6/13/97, pp.68-69
"...In a stunning return to form, this hip-hop revolutionary finally sounds like he's having fun." - Rating: A-
The Source - 5/97, p.1273.5 Mics (out of 5)
- "...Kris is hip-hop's Cassius Clay....the Blastmaster slices through lyrics like a cuisinart, showcasing his preternatural oratorical schemes....KRS-One's albums, BDP or otherwise, have always remained pertinent and inventive..."
I GOT NEXT is an enhanced CD which contains multimedia programs accessible with a CD-ROM drive as well as a full audio program playable on any normal CD player.
Personnel: KRS-One (rap vocals, background vocals); Redman, Angie Martinez, Keva, Mic Vandalz, Lamont Fields, Anthony Mills (vocals); Thor-El (rap vocals); Peter Mengede (guitar); Keith Loftis (tenor saxophone); G. Fontenette (trumpet); Dupor Georges (trombone); Edward Nappi (bass); Peter Hines (drums); G. Simone, Bervin Harris, Commisioner Gordon, Ted Wholson, Ingz, Feel X, Kevin Glover (background vocals).
Producers include: KRS-One, Showbiz, Commissioner Gordon, Domingo, Jesse West.
Engineers include: Chris Conway, Josh Chervokas, Pat Dillett.
Philosopher, MC, teacher; there is only one man in rap music that fits this description, and there is not much left that he needs to prove. In just a little over 10 years, KRS-One has gone ghetto-platinum, all of his releases considered rap classics. Both with Boogie Down Productions and as a solo artist, KRS has schooled rap fans with his thoughtful, intelligent lyrics. On I GOT NEXT, KRS-One continues to take hip-hop beyond entertainment and into education.
Musically, KRS still delivers the raw hip-hop he's famous for. "The MC" is head-nodding rap at its best, with KRS' lyrical flow adding even more depth to a multidimensional track. "Step Into A World" features rowdy lyrics and a loud party-anthem beat that will rock any crowd. On the Enhanced CD, KRS-One talks about The Temple Of Hip-Hop, the school that he intends to build, which will be centered around the preservation of hip-hop culture.