This month marks the 30th anniversary of KRS-ONE’s classic solo debut Return of the Boom Bap (ROTBB).I am specifically highlighting this album because I can safely say its ranks amongst the greatest of alltime Hip-Hop classics.I’ve even been known to say it is better than Nas’s Illmatic or Dre’s The Chronic (which is nothing but a credit to those aforementioned). Here’s why.
First of all, you have the greatest MC of alltime, KRS-ONE with a masterful solo debut here.KRS covers a variety of subjects here from police brutality, to supporting our Black Women, to spirituality and his own emcee prowess. Next, you have the production.
ROTBB predates Illmatic with the guest-star producer design. This project was primarily blessed by production from DJ Premier, but also features bangin beats by Kid Capri, Showbiz, Norty Cotto and Douglas Jones. KRS even contributes some of his own beats- especially on Black Cop (which may or may not have originated from Pal Joey from the Sex and Violence sessions).
Last, but not least, it was spiritually overseen by the late Scott La Rock (RIP).
Of course you as the listener is best equipped to form your own opinion so spend some time on this album and see if you don’t agree with me.ROTBB is surely in the discussion of alltime greatest HipHop albums.