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Maximum Strength 2008

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Beware
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Pick It Up
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All My Men
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Straight Through
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Rockin' Til The Morning
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The Kool Herc
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Busy Bee Shout Out
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New York
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Hip Hop
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Let Me Know
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Nah
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The Heat
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 33:14

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Still #1

15HEAT

KRS proving once again that he can reset the bar for rappers whenever he wants. My favorite from the teacher since I got Next. check this one out, especially if you haven't listened to KRS in a few years

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SERIOUS LYRICS, NO DOUBT! Adults Only!

joelove72

KRS has withstood the tests of time. He has seen the west coast rappers who dont care if they have skills or not. He has seen Dirty South rap which is cultish to say the least with the same old subject matter everytime, chants instead of lyrics, and fly by night disappearing act MC's. He has even seen the East Coast, which at one time used to be the crown jewel of rap/hip hop, slide into obscurity. He is STILL the ONE, KRS. Adults Only!

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Get Dis Record!!

chriscrey

This is KRS One People. Slam this whole album. Nice work Emusic! Krs isn't havin the bullshit! Portland Oregon

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KRS-One, Scott La Rock and B-Boy Records

By Hua Hsu, Contributor

Before they were legends, they were just two dejected young men trying to get back to the Bronx. In 1986, nobody was checking for Boogie Down Productions, another of the seemingly endless queue of aspiring would-be rappers and party-animators who blanketed New York City. KRS-One and DJ Scott La Rock - names that would become part of hip-hop history by year's end - were just two guys named Kris Parker and Scott Sterling. Kris was the… more »

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From the opening barks “I know we ain’t getting’ soft!” over the stripped-down piano and drum production of “Beware,” it’s evident that KRS-One has been reevaluating his sound, and is responding to criticism with fire. The teacher’s back and class is in session. After several lackluster releases, in which Blastmaster Chris obsessed over the state of hip-hop and spent his time pointing fingers at other rappers for not bringing it, Maximum Strength shows him at his maximum strength and doing what he does best: preaching. As the first KRS One album with a real sense of purpose in years, nearly every track focuses on the beefs he has with politics and society. This is the educator at his purest. He pulls no stops as he rifles through his rhyme book, dropping lines like “take a look at the police and how they treat you/ take a look at corporations and how they cheat you/ democrats and republicans are all see through/ now we votin’ for the lesser of two evils, man, don’t let them deceive you/ this is an autocracy not a democracy/ but to call this a democracy without mock interest in the laws of society, that’s called hypocracy.” He continues waxing political in “Pick It Up,” breaking open the European history textbooks to provide a background on the last time a true democracy was practiced: by Cleisthenese in 508 BC before Athens was conquered by Alexander of Macedon. Thought-provoking raps like these seem like luxuries when compared to the typical flash in the pan party raps that are embraced by radio stations, which encourage listeners to throw their hands in the air rather than pushing core values. Kris preaches unity in the community and loving your sister, but also knows when to lighten up and reminisce about the good times with party raps of his own. “Let Me Know” shows him spitting rhymes with the finesse and lyrical prowess of Busta Rhymes over a dancehall jam, and “Straight Through” shows him furiously speeding through B-boy topics without taking a breath. At the worst moments, “New York” and “Hip Hop” suffer slightly, scarred by scatting female vocals and dated production, but for a middle-aged rapper at this stage in the game, it’s surprisingly relevant and not only one of the better hip-hop releases he’s dropped in years, but one of the best of his career. – Jason Lymangrover

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