KRS-One, 'Hip-Hop Lives' (Koch)

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Hip-Hop Lives
Critical Mass
Label: Koch

by Thomas Golianopoulos

Twenty years after the South Bronx/Queensbridge throwdown, KRS-One and Marley Marl have squashed their beef; but the results are cause for only quiet celebration. The fortysomething MC still has his fastball -- both the title track and "Nothin' New" showcase provocative lyrics, original flows, and uninhibited enthusiasm. The production is another story: Marley Marl provides mostly gloomy backdrops hampered by lackadaisical crate-digging (or flat-out biting). For example, "All School" knocks, but it's only been three years since Ghostface's "Run," which used the same frantic beat to much more dramatic effect.

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