Criminal Minded (LP)


Boogie Down Productions

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BillyJam 05/26/2014

Boogie Down Productions' (BDP) debut landmark album Criminal Minded pushed the envelope when it was released in 1987 and will likely forever remain one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. The cover pictured members KRS-One and DJ Scott La Rock menacingly posing with an arsenal of weapons and bullets - cover art imagery that would become commonplace in later years as gangsta rap took hold, but unseen at this relatively tame era in hip-hop. Meanwhile the minimalist but powerful music on this eleven track album pushed hip-hop into new terrain, subtly melding reggae dancehall with hard hip-hop beats, offering the perfect backdrop to the conscious-tinged, hardcore battle lyics on songs like “9mm Goes Bang” and the Marley Marl/Juice Crew diss “The Bridge Is Over.” The fact that not long after the album’s release tragedy struck with DJ Scott La Rock being murdered in the South Bronx, long a part of hip-hop lore, only further fueled the mystique of this hip-hop classic and all later releases by BDP and main-man KRS-One.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Poetry
Boogie Down Productions 04:19
2.
South Bronx
Boogie Down Productions 04:31


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
9mm Goes Bang
Boogie Down Productions 04:10
2.
Word From Our Sponsor
Boogie Down Productions 04:25
3.
Elementary
Boogie Down Productions 04:26


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Dope Beat
Boogie Down Productions 04:13
2.
Remix For P Is Free
Boogie Down Productions 04:15
3.
The Bridge Is Over
Boogie Down Productions 04:21


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Super-Hoe
Boogie Down Productions 04:16
2.
Criminal Minded
Boogie Down Productions 04:26
3.
P Is Free (Original 12" Version)
Boogie Down Productions 03:32

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