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The Sneak Attack [PA]

  • 1. Intro
    2. Ghetto Lifestyles
    3. Attendance
    4. Hot
    5. Why
    6. Doth Thou Know
    7. Lessin, The
    8. Mind, The
    9. Hiphop Knowledge
    10. What Kinda World
    11. I Will Make It
    12. B-Side (Intro)
    13. Get Your Self Up
    14. Krush Them
    15. Hush
    16. Sneak Attack, The
    17. Shutupayouface
    18. False Pride
    19. Raptizm, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8242

  • Credits

    Producers include: KRS-One, Kenny Parker, Grand Daddy I.U., Jazzy Jeff, Domingo.
    Engineers include: Harold English, John Anderson, Matt Hathaway.
    Recorded at Unique Recording Studios, New York, New York; 7888 Recording Studio, Woodhaven, New York; Embasy Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California.
    Personnel: KRS-One (vocals, scratches); Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir (vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Domingo; Milton Chan; KRS-One; Kenny Parker; Matt Hathaway.
    Recording information: 7888 Recording Studio, Woodhaven, Queens; Embassy Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Unique Recording Studios, New York, NY.
    Old-school rapper KRS-One has been a practitioner of uncompromising hip-hop since most of today's rap stars where in short pants. He has no qualms about reminding us about his place in history, as "Attendance" begins with a list of our man's innovations in his chosen field. Released at a time when rappers of varying quality seem to pop up out of the woodwork every other week, THE SNEAK ATTACK represents a kind of retrenchment that's sorely needed; a commitment to the kind of lyrical skills and fierce intensity that made KRS-One a hip-hop legend to begin with. Throughout this disc, KRS-One takes newcomers to task and makes a case for his own status as a true O.G. The beats are basic, and the tracks are accordingly simple and straightforward, all the better to leave room for the unfettered vocal fury of KRS-One as he restates his claim to the hip-hop throne.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (6/7/01, p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...He still commands attention...his booming voice and confidence now delivering warmer, fuzzier messages....ambiguous yet spirited..."
    CMJ (5/28/01, p.20) - "...Stripped-down and basic in a great way..."
    Vibe (6/01, p.154) - 3 discs out of 5 - "...KRS-One sounds as hungry and passionate as ever....taking the current rap scene to task fro its materialism, fickleness, and self-destructive commericalism..."
    NME (Magazine) (5/12/01, p.40) - 7 out of 10 - "...KRS-One's harsh, Jamaican-inflected tones compensate - and communicate the urgency of his mission to save hip-hop from an early corporate grave."
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