Return Of The Boom Bap
1993 | Rap
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"I know this for a fact, you don't like how I act. -- You claim I'm sellin' crack, but you be doin' that."
- The song reached #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #79 on the Hot R&B /Hip-Hop.
- The bass sample is from Inside Looking Out performed by Grand Funk Railroad, originaly a song by The Animals.
- Return Of The Boom Bap was KRS-One's debut solo album.
THE HOT TAKES
Calling out the real criminals--no holds barred. I had never properly compared the words "overseer" and "officer" before, and I'm glad I did tonight. In general, I'm not a fan of comparing the modern world to the era of slavery. I find it more productive to focus on the positive. To educate. To enrich the lives and nurture the spirits of others. But here, I think it's appropriate to take some time for real introspection. Why do we allow overseers to treat us--any of us--like this?
KRS-One lays out a pretty deep truth in this rap. Honestly, I don’t understand why every black person in this country is not an anarchist. Not just because of slavery, but because of the sorts of institutionalized racism that has been used to continue control over and oppression on blacks. From the CIA injecting crack cocaine into black communities, to occupational licensure meant to keep them at a disadvantage, The State has not been the savior of these people, but in fact has been the most aggressive in disadvantaging them. I love how KRS-One challenges the idea that it’s OK when the police shoot someone because they have a legal right to, and how he outs them as the real drug dealers. It goes to the very heart of authoritarianism and thereby aims directly at foundation of The State. The belief that others have a right not only to rule you, but to set overseers over you to make sure you don’t get out of line is only allowable because people believe the fairy tale. If we want to make a difference, we have to help people see the falsity of that idea.
From that very first whoop whoop, you know this song is something special. He gets it right out on front street that he has no respect for the police. He looks at America as another version of the same plantation system continued. While we can get into the specific ways in which history might argue the validity of this the imagery he uses works well to keep the authoritarians backpedaling. My argument would be that they simply managed to get more people on the plantation. The song straight up calls police drug dealers with messiah complex'. Balls. That's what you gotta have.