Today In Hip-Hop: KRS-One Releases ‘I Got Next’

On this day, May 20th, in hip-hop history...   1997: While already a revered Rap icon, KRS-One’s artistic direction was hard to pin down as the genre saw increased mainstream adoption. The South Bronx emcee initially broke out on Boogie Down Productions’ 1987 gangsta archetype Criminal Minded, then flipped to a nonviolent lyrical approach two years later on By All Means Necessary. And after BDP established itself as both Afrocentric and commercially viable, KRS promptly went solo. I Got Next was The Teacher’s response to Hip-Hop moving continents away from Kool Herc block parties and the Boogie Down Bronx. The goal of his ...

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