Hip Hop Lives….Really?

Hip Hop Lives

01. It’s Alive (Intro)
02. Hip-Hop Lives
03. Nothing New
04. I Was There
05. Musika
06. Rising To the Top
07. Over 30
08. M.A.R.L.E.Y. (Marley And Red Living Everyday Youthfully)
09. Kill a Rapper
10. The Teacha’s Back
11. The Victory
12. This Is What It Is
13. All Skool
14. House Of Hits

If you don’t know these names KRS One & Marley Marl then you read this and come back.

Ok now that you have read a bit about the legend that is KRS One you understand the significance of this album, which teams him with his one time nemesis Marley Marl. MC Shan a member of Marley Marl’s Juice Crew engaged in a legendary battle with KRS-One and his Boogie Down Productions (but, you already knew that). The combination of the two would have been a big deal twenty years ago but, at this point it comes along without much fanfare. Not that they haven’t anything to say as we are in an era of Hip-Hop where rappers and their singles come and go at a neck-breaking pace. We all know a lot has changed since The Blastmaster’s heyday. There’s the South, The West, Hip Hop Police, Payola at radio stations, and a public that just wants to do the motorcycle, get bought a drink, be a flirt, be a hustler, pop lock and drop it etc. NaS proclaimed that Hip-Hop was dead. KRS-One and Marley Marl have something to say about it.

Hip Hop Live’s intros with Hip Hop music’s eulogy being read when a voice triumphantly announces that it (meaning Hip Hop) is alive. KRS-One handles the lyrics while Marley Marl works the boards and everyone is on their job. The album delivers what a Hip-Hop album is supposed to- well-orchestrated yet gritty production and poignant thought provoking lyrics. With KRS-One the lyrics are conscious and in your face, forcing the most ignorant of people to think. He addresses the many social injustices facing the hood, his rap superiority and the lack of substance in today’s rap music. There are tracks that hit the nail on the head like Kill A Rapper where he raps “You wanna get away with murder/ kill a rapper” and Musika “Kentucky Fried Chicken DJs promoting breast & thigh.” His critiques of the industry are dead on. KRS-One is clearly in a league of his own when you just consider his age. At press time he is 41 years of age which is apparent by his flow which rarely switches up. But he addresses anyone questioning his ability on Over 30 challenging rappers of any age to battle. If your looking to party, not think or just not listen to the lyrics this is not the album for you. Hip Hop Lives can get monotonous at times with KRS-One shoving down your throat how he’s lived through every era of Hip Hop and his constant critiques of the industry. One song sums up this album, I Was There. Listen and you’ll see why. Production was cool with not much else to say other than Marley Marl didn’t disappoint. Hip Hop Lives provides a definite alternative to what’s out there right now but, there is just too many references to how Hip-Hop was better back in the day. If the lyrics were as diverse as Marley’s production then this would have been a cop as opposed to illegal download…and to think there’s a track titled Nothing New. Mathis signing out.

2 Responses to “Hip Hop Lives….Really?”

  1. NativeAmericaIndianX Says:
    July 14th, 2007 at 2:33 am

    I heard KRS-One had a 33year old son that just died. I feel bad for him but what i really want to know is? If KRS’ son was 33 and he had him when he was 25 why is he telling people that he just turned 38, HUH?????
    How is this possible “somebody answer meeeeee”

  2. NativeAmericaIndianX Says:
    July 14th, 2007 at 2:36 am

    I hear they have a song on this album called “i was there” talkin about the slave days! They not HipHop they Grandpops

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