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Spiritual Minded

  • 1. Opening
    2. Lord Live Within My Heart
    3. Take Your Tyme
    4. Take It to God
    5. Good Bye
    6. South Bronx 2002
    7. Never Give Up
    8. T Bone Speaks
    9. Tears
    10. Struggle Continues, The (Choose Your Way) - (featuring T-Bone)
    11. Conscious Rapper, The
    12. T Bone Speaks Again
    13. Trust
    14. Come to the Temple - (featuring Smooth B./Rah Godess/Fat Joe)
    15. Ain't Ready
    16. God Is Spirit - (featuring B.B. Jay)
    17. Know Thyself
    18. G. Simone Speaks
    19. Dayz Ahead
    20. Power
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8363

  • Credits

    Full performer name: KRS-One & The Temple Of Hiphop.
    Personnel: KRS-One (rap vocals, turntables); Rampage, Fat Joe, T-Bone, B.B. Jay, Rah Goddess (rap vocals); Neil Pethel (guitar); Daniel (saxophone); Calvin Tibbs, Herb Linsey (keyboards); Deejay Tine Tim (programming); Anthony Thomas, Lanji, Rachel Thomas, Overcomers Christian Center Adult Choir, Tawatha, 11/13, Professor Ecks, Reality, Jamal, Christina Lowe, Kristie Luv, Smooth B., Nyce, Varonda Williams (background vocals).
    Producers include: KRS-One, Cookies And Cream, Bervin Harris, Tine Tim, Domingo.
    Engineers include: Deejay Tine Tim, KRS-One.
    Includes liner notes by KRS-One.
    Personnel: KRS-One (vocals, scratches); Veronica Williams, B.B. Jay (vocals); Eleven (12-string guitar); Anthony Grant, Tawatha (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: KRS-One.
    Recording information: Slammin' Studios; Strong man Salaamin' Studios.
    Photographer: Reggie Anderson.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Scott La Rock.
    In the late '80s he supplanted Public Enemy's Chuck D as the angriest man in hip-hop. In 2002, he released a surprisingly gospel-centric album, one that proved time had not dulled the sharp edge of KRS-One's rhymes. And the Blastmaster never does things by half-steps; Spiritual Minded isn't a gospel crossover record at all, it actually is a gospel record. Although his messages on tracks like "Come to the Temple," "Lord Live Within My Heart," and "Take It to God" are strictly uplifting and even rooted in doctrine, there's no tempering his aggressive delivery and skeletal productions. The highlight, "Take Your Tyme," features KRS-One talking directly to young women about the pitfalls of premarital sex; it's easily one of the most encouraging hip-hop tracks heard in several years. As for weaknesses, Spiritual Minded certainly doesn't have the gloss of most major-label rap albums, and occasionally the production and hooks are sacrificed for the message in the material. Still, it's intriguing to hear one of the best rappers in history turning out a gospel album; contemporary gospel, including Christian hip-hop, is actually much more artistic than most would give it credit for. Though much of his new audience may not even recognize one of the most famous names in rap history, it's likely they'll enjoy hearing this level of talent. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.73) - Ranked #10 in Mojo's "Best Urban Albums of 2002"
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