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KRS One “Life” [Antagonist Records]

Mr. Lucky   8/16/2006   Hip Hop

Knowledge Reigns Supreme aka KRS-1 aka The Blastmaster aka Lawrence Parker. All are names synonymous with HipHop at it’s purest form. “Life” is an excellent album that reveals the next phase in the rapper’s shining career. Initially I was not that impressed by the album because the first couple of songs weren’t what I was used to hearing from the rapper. “Bling Blung” is a scorching rebuttal to the material rap that oozes out of the radio these days, but the rhyme scheme was so simple and ridiculous that the message was lost to me. The Middle Eastern bump on “The Way We Live” is very tasty but once again KRS-1’s lyrics fall short. Luckily as the album progresses the songs get much better. The Jamaica-inspired “Mr. Percy”, the strings & things coupled with KRS’s lyrical gait on “Freedom”, the distorted-harmonic-rock-approaching drum&bass of “Gimme Da Gun”, etc. Nearly all the songs later on in the album are KRS in his classic form: lyrical titan blasting your eardum. Even the brief Interludes are compelling. The success of this album is due in big part to the production of The Resistance (Dax Reynosa & Dert). They really bring an element to this album that seems to rejuvenate the elder rap statesman. The beats are diverse and rock your head as hard they they rock the crowd. The album culminates in the autobiographical “My Life” where KRS looks back on the life that led him here. -Mr. Lucky

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