Today In Hip-Hop: Boogie Down Productions Release ‘Edutainment’

On this day, July 17, in hip-hop history…


1990: Boogie Down Productions was a driving force for South Bronx hip-hop back in the 1990s. The group, which comprised of KRS-One, D-Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock, pioneered the fusion of social commentary and political consciousness in rhymes. Their fourth album, Edutainment, featured KRS sticking to his winning formula of speaking on Black history, racism, homelessness and other heavy topics.

The album wasn’t preferred by most during the explosion of gangsta rap at the time. However, Edutainment was geared toward intellectual rap fans that found KRS’s assertions riveting. Mixed in the 21-track effort were six skits/interludes dubbed “Exhibits” (one was even by Kwame Toure), which focuses on the plight of African Americans in America. Not only were they enlightening, but it set the mood for the entire LP.

To top it all off, Edutainment had a unique blend of reggae and hip-hop that strengthened KRS’s thoughtful commentary and sharp insight. Each of the songs had strong stories and musical hooks that proved a BDP album could still knock. If you ever doubted KRS’s rhymes for one second, Edutainment will sway your opinion. Boogie Down stand up!

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  • MicCheck One-Two

    HIP HOP EDU-TAINMENT(TM) is the direction Hip Hop culture should be
    embracing. It will help with the next generation of kids growing up on
    what they call Hip Hop today but don’t know what real Hip Hop is. If KRS
    and other conscious MC’s would assist with HIP HOP EDU-TAINMENT’s(TM)
    industries development, it can help to put the control of Hip Hop back
    into the hands of the people who created it.