Stripping away the intricate production of the final Boogie Down Productions album, Sex and Violence, Return of the Boom Bap saw the already iconoclastic rapper return to the bare bones, gritty territory of his landmark masterpiece Criminal Minded. KRS-One's delivery, too, burned with a reinvigorated fury, spitting out his rhymes with pummeling cadences and world-wise intelligence. Although the record isn't as focused on social activism and political protest as the latter Boogie Down albums, KRS-One never made his lyrics simplistic, nor did he turn his back on what could now be called prescient social commentary. The combination of raw beats and emotion-driven rhymes made Return of the Boom Bap a genuine comeback for KRS-One, one of the founding figures of modern hip-hop.
Track List: 1.1 Krs-One Attacks 1.2 Outta Here 1.3 Black Cop 1.4 Mortal Thought 1.5 I Can't Wake Up 1.6 Slap Them Up 1.7 Sound of Da Police 1.8 Mad Crew 1.9 Uh Oh 1.10 Brown Skin Woman 1.11 Return of the Boom Bap 1.12 "P" Is Still Free 1.13 Stop Frontin' 1.14 Higher Level 1.15 Hip Hop Vs. Rap 1.16 Return of the Boom Bap 2.1 Sound of Da Police [Remix] 2.2 Mortal Thought (I Must Rock the Mic) [Kenny Parker Remix]