Reissue Vinyl LP & CD of Boogie Down Productions’ Criminal Minded and By All Means Necessary now available

Posted on 4 July 2017
By Khyle Deen
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Amongst Hip-Hop fans, Boogie Down Productions’ first two albums – ‘Criminal Minded’ (1987) and ‘By All Means Necessary’ (1988) – both loom very large. And for good reason: they both captured one of the late 1980s’ most important and influential crews at their highest powers of lyricism and musical invention.

That being said, too many people sleep on BDP’s third LP, ‘Ghetto Music’. Released in 1989, when the Hip-Hop world was truly beginning to explode and reach new heights of sales and exposure around the world, the album is arguably as powerful as the group’s first two.

As on ‘By All Means Necessary’, in the wake of the tragic death of original founder, producer and DJ Scott LaRock, KRS-One pushed along mightily on the production side, with help from his extended crew. Musically the sound created on albums 2 & 3 was funky, catchy, and continually innovative, giving him the perfect backdrop to build his ‘Edutainment’ syllabus.

Lyrically there was never a question about KRS’ power, and on ‘Ghetto Music’ he continues to impress, teach and ask important questions. Clear cases in point are two of the album’s singles, ‘You Must Learn’ and ‘Why Is That?’, but he gets even deeper on lesser-jocked tracks like the anti-police thought-piece Who Protects Us From You’ (still sadly relevant in 2017), ‘Ghetto Music’ and ‘World Peace’.

Still as strong and entertaining today as it was almost three decades ago, this new reissue is a perfect way for younger fans to embrace one of the most underrated hip-hop platters of the era.

Track List:

A1. The Style You Haven’t Done Yet
A2. Why Is That?
A3. The Blueprint
A4. Jack Of Spades
A5. Jah Rulez
A6. Breath Control
A7. Who Protects Us From You?

B1. You Must Learn
B2. Hip Hop Rules
B3. Bo! Bo! Bo!
B4. Gimme, Dat, (Woy)
B5. Ghetto Music
B6. World Peace