Sneak Attack

The Sneak Attack

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by KRS-One
     
 

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When Sublime's Bradley Nowell sang about how he wanted to be more like KRS-One on Sublime's 1992 classic "40 Oz. of Freedom," he was speaking for a nation of American youth -- kids who have admired the rap legend's confrontational flow since he and his South Bronx rap crew, Boogie Down Productions, bum

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When Sublime's Bradley Nowell sang about how he wanted to be more like KRS-One on Sublime's 1992 classic "40 Oz. of Freedom," he was speaking for a nation of American youth -- kids who have admired the rap legend's confrontational flow since he and his South Bronx rap crew, Boogie Down Productions, bum-rushed the New York rap scene in 1986. On his first solo album since 1997's I Got Next, the Blastmaster makes a triumphant return to the spotlight with his finest work since BDP's 1992 swan song, Sex and Violence. Flanked by thumping, dancehall-inspired beats and some of his dopest lyrics in years, The Sneak Attack finds KRS assuming the role of hip-hop's elder statesman, fearlessly chastising younger MCs who've tarnished the image of his craft with glitz, greed, and gluttony. "Who was the first to say stop the violence and teach that real bad boys move in silence?" he reminds fans on "Attendance." This latest gospel according to KRS-One is an uncompromising testament to progressive hip-hop -- and to Kris Parker's enduring presence as a living musical legend. Ron Hart

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All Music Guide - Matt Conaway
With The Sneak Attack, KRS-One, the self-proclaimed "God" of hip-hop, has returned after a four-year sabbatical to reclaim his spot as hip-hop's moral conscience. It's evident that KRS' cocky swagger has not suffered during his prolonged hiatus. He remains the staunchest advocate of his lyrical skills, as illustrated by the boastful barbs of the MC-bashing "Hot," as well as "Attendance," where KRS gleefully details his list of accomplishments ("I'm the teacher, but you still can't see/'Cause while you respected Tupac, Tupac respected me"). KRS' passion still resonates and his philosophies remain cutting-edge. The musical accompaniment of "Sneak Attack," spearheaded largely by KRS' brother, Kenny Parker, lacks the unrelenting boom-bap that previous collaborators DJ Premier and Showbiz supplied on earlier solo endeavors. However, the Blastmaster's knowledge still reigns supreme, as the socially conscious sermons he delivers on "I Will Make It" and "Why" still leave an indelible mark. Though KRS' lyrical attacks are less enthralling then his "My Philosophy" heyday, he is still passionate about the culture of hip-hop, and his self-affirming messages convey that. Trying to reprogram -- or simply reach -- America's youth is a daunting task, but at least there are still a handful of MCs around like KRS-One, who are still willing to try. Class is still in session!

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Release Date:
04/24/2001
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923824220
catalogNumber:
8242
Rank:
139698

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The Sneak Attack 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like KRS and I have heard some mixed reviews about this particular album, but I liked it a lot. Some cuts are are not my particulate favorite because I don't feel the beats but the lyrics are still dope on every song. On a few cuts there are some of the sickest lines-lyrics I have ever heard on any rap cd ever! This CD is on the inspirational tip. I feel uplifted after hearing it. Pick it up for sure!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the best hip hop albums I have ever heard. I never listened to KRS 1 before I got this CD. I can't stop listening to it. KRS 1 is a hip hop ledgend!