1. â€˜South Bronxâ€™. This has to be the most classic KRS track ever. While MC Shan was trying to tell people about Queensbridge, KRS repped his hometown borough of The Bronx to the max. He let everyone know that it was The Bronx who originated hip hop culture. This will always be remembered as the ultimate battle record. A true defining moment in hip hop history!
2. â€˜My Philosophyâ€™. Wow... this track blew us away when it dropped. It was the first track on Boogie Down Productionâ€™s second album, â€˜By All Means Necessaryâ€™, and set the record straight from the start. You knew you were in for a dope album. Canâ€™t forget the incredible cover of this album as well. This track propelled KRS to be seen as more than an MC. He was now â€˜The Teachaâ€™ to many of us hip hop lovers at the time.
3. â€˜Still #1â€™. Boogie Down Productions dropped this gem on â€˜By All Means Necessaryâ€™ as well in 1988. It was a prime example of KRS proving himself as the best MC, not by dissing others with nasty punchlines, but by using his intelligence to outwit any contenders. Plus, it samples the legendary track by All The People, â€˜Cramp Your Styleâ€™. How can ya go wrong?
4. â€˜Sound Of Da Policeâ€™. In 1993, KRS went solo and dropped a legendary album called â€˜Return Of The Boom Bapâ€™. This was the second single off that album, produced by DITC mastermind, Showbiz. It was one of those incredibly powerful tracks, which stood up against the oppression, racism and fear tactics used by the police against the people they were meant to be protecting â€” â€œAre you really for peace and equality?â€
5. â€˜Mad Izmâ€™ with Channel Live. This is a classic track, which showcased the lyrical skills of Channel Live, a group discovered by KRS-One. It was, and is, the ultimate smokerâ€™s song. We highly recommend putting this one on nice and loud in a smoke filled room.
Def Wish Cast support KRS-One at the Arena Friday March 9.