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Totally Krossed Out

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Totally Krossed Out, the debut album by kiddie-rap sensations Kris Kross, is so tailored to a particular audience in a particular time period that it's nearly impossible to judge by any objective standard. So let's try anyway. Producer Jermaine Dupri -- still a teenager himself -- wrote all the songs here, and he delivers a catchy, pop-friendly batch of tracks that manage to stay pretty consistently engaging perhaps in part because they are short. The album's interview intro disses playground rivals Another Bad Creation that would have been a great hip-hop feud before segueing into the irresistible smash "Jump" oh, just try and listen to it without smiling, you heartless ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Totally Krossed Out, the debut album by kiddie-rap sensations Kris Kross, is so tailored to a particular audience in a particular time period that it's nearly impossible to judge by any objective standard. So let's try anyway. Producer Jermaine Dupri -- still a teenager himself -- wrote all the songs here, and he delivers a catchy, pop-friendly batch of tracks that manage to stay pretty consistently engaging perhaps in part because they are short. The album's interview intro disses playground rivals Another Bad Creation that would have been a great hip-hop feud before segueing into the irresistible smash "Jump" oh, just try and listen to it without smiling, you heartless grinch. Actually, the miggeda-miggeda-mack bit proves they're not bad rappers, if they're able to borrow technique from Das EFX -- though they don't keep it up, if for no other reason than that kids want to understand the words to songs they like. And "Warm It Up" is nearly as good. Some of the album tracks are lyrically generic, but the story song "Party" finds Chris and Chris trying to sneak into a club to meet girlies. There are some surprisingly serious notes struck on "Lil' Boys in da Hood" and "A Real Bad Dream," which paint the duo as knowing street kids who are all too aware of the dangers they could easily fall into. There's nothing terribly frightening, but it's more realistic than the innocent bubblegum you might expect. Of course, then there's the self-explanatory "I Missed the Bus." But overall, Totally Krossed Out isn't nearly as obnoxious or cutesy as adults might fear -- even if the lads' MC boasts just make you want to pat them on the head.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1992
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074644871029
  • Catalog Number: 48710
  • Sales rank: 119,914

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro Interview (0:51)
  2. 2 Jump (3:17)
  3. 3 Lil' Boys in Da Hood (3:05)
  4. 4 Warm It Up (4:09)
  5. 5 The Way of Rhyme (2:59)
  6. 6 Party (4:03)
  7. 7 We're in Da House (0:39)
  8. 8 A Real Bad Dream (1:58)
  9. 9 It's a Shame (3:48)
  10. 10 Can't Stop the Bum Rush (2:57)
  11. 11 You Can't Get With This (2:24)
  12. 12 I Missed the Bus (2:59)
  13. 13 Outro (0:43)
  14. 14 Party (4:11)
  15. 15 Jump (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Kross Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Silk Tymes Leather Background Music
Curtis Dowd Jr. Keyboards
Jermaine Dupri Bass, Background Vocals, Voices
Charlene Holloway Background Vocals
Seldon "Big Wally" Henderson Keyboards
Frank Hogan Background Vocals
Paula Holloway Background Vocals
Andy Kravitz Percussion
Rose Mann Background Vocals
Jim Salamone Drums, Keyboards
Terry Shelton Voices
X-Man Background Vocals, Voices
Mark Schulz Background Vocals
Lady G Background Vocals
Manuel Lecuona Background Vocals
Stacey Blackmore Background Vocals
Jim "Jiff" Ninger Background Vocals
Eddie Weather Background Vocals
Dave Johnson Background Vocals
Walt Bass Background Vocals
Kris Kelly Vocals
Technical Credits
Silk Tymes Leather Contributor
Jermaine Dupri Arranger, Programming, Producer, Contributor, Executive Producer
John Hodian Engineer
Joe Nicolo Programming, Engineer, Executive Producer
Phil Nicolo Engineer
Terry Shelton Contributor
X-Man Contributor
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Eddie Weather Interviewer
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