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Old 06-01-2007, 06:16 AM   #1
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1. My Philosophy
2. Ya Slippin'
3. Stop the Violence
4. Illegal Business
5. Nervous
6. I'm Still #1
7. Part Time Suckers
8. Jimmy
9. T'Cha, T'Cha
10. Necessary

All tracks performed, produced and mixed by KRS-One. Overseen by DJ Scott LaRock.


Really excellent old-school album, and IMO best KRS-One ever did. Lyrically sharp as fuck, with best conscious KRS-One lyrics he ever dropped. His style was also brilliant at that phase, it still had some smoothness that he lost in his latter phases, but also wasn't boring a second.

But what is even better is the production. One listen at the beats and everything is clear: the album was waaay ahead of its time. Beats for "I'm Still #1", "Nervous" and "Illegal Business", to name the best have the grimey and dark vibe that was first captured after that by Black Moon.

Plus - it has one of best cover arts ever done in hiphop.


So, I give this album a 10/10 - undeniable classic.
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:28 AM   #2
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Classic album, but I'm not sure what to rate it.
It's feels a bit tired to me (I only got it just over a year ago), I recognise its a classic etc. but if i were tp rate it out of ten on music it would probably be about 7.
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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Classic Album. 10/10
The only track that wasn't great was Nervous, but it was far from bad.
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:53 AM   #4
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10/10 although i never listen to nervous and necessary.
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:39 AM   #5
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infinity/10
and krs still haz better albumz than this 1
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Old 07-02-2007, 02:11 PM   #6
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Gave it a 9. The beats aren't anywhere near as good as that on Criminal Minded IMO but lyrically KRS moved it up another level.
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:45 AM   #7
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Classic. Beats and lyrics on point. Not that man on Nervours but apart from that its a flawless album
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:05 PM   #8
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Classic album!!!
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This albums beats still fucking bang.
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By All Means Necessary is good but it's not better than the other BDP albums. Classic album cover of KRS imitating Malcolm X's famous picture of him holding a gun while looking out the window.
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