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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Landspeed
  • ASIN: B00005QDCC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Poetry
2. South Bronx
3. 9mm Goes Bang
4. Word From Our Sponsor
5. Elementary
6. Dope Beat
7. Remix for The P Is Free
8. The Bridge Is Over
9. Super-Hoe
10. Criminal Minded

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Lowther on 5 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of the few Hip Hop albums to genuinely change the direction of the genre - and inadvertently give the culture its controverial 'gangsta' image. With its crashing 808 drum kicks, James Brown samples and industrial strength scratching this was innovative music for a forgotten generation.
Standout tracks include 'South Bronx' a partiotic allegiance to the birthplace of Hip-Hop, which delivers a blistering dis to those that suggest otherwise.
This debut album captured the discontent of 80s inner city America more effectively than anything before it. The cinematic narratives it contains take the listener on a brutal but informative ride to the dark side of New York.
Inevitably, this album has dated somewhat, but its influence lives in interminable samples and lyrical cross references by todays MCs. The groups DJ - Scott La Rock, was tragically killed shortly after the albums release, and so never so the influence he eventually inspired.
Whilst the group recorded several more albums, none were quite as radical, (with the possible exception of 1988s By Any Means Necessary). The groups MC, KRS1, today variously records and lectures at Universities across the USA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan R on 3 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I saw that this box set included three CDs, I didn't know quite what to expect. I'd already heard most of the Criminal Minded original album on YouTube, and wanted it in an existing form for myself.

Upon arrival, I popped all three CDs in my carousel stereo. The first CD in the bundle is the full Criminal Minded album; with great tracks like "Criminal Minded", "Poetry" and of course "9mm Goes Bang".

The second CD is hard to put a single label on. It's contents include live radio interviews featuring Scott La Rock and KRS-One, extra songs like "(We've Got To) Advance" etc. This second CD preserves the general hype of the first album - and includes explanations as to why diss songs "South Bronx" and "The Bridge Is Over" were recorded.

The third CD is an instrumentals CD of all the songs that span the other two CDs; perfect for any budding freestyling rapper!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Plissken on 9 May 2009
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If I had been able to buy this back in 1988, then I would have liked it. The original album has a few good tracks on it, no doubt, but most are fillers and should have stayed as demos. They should have just leased a 12" with the couple of good tracks the album contains and leave it at that. Whilst I have respect for Scott La Rock, his achievements, his mentoring of KRS-1 etc., BDP's music improved immeasurably after his death imo. The following album was light years ahead of this first release. Back in the day, when I borrowed Criminal Minded and By All Means Necessary, I loved the latter, to death, but this album, I was never particularly impressed with. At the time, even I thought half the tracks sounded terribly dated, not something I would say about real quality old school from the same era from the likes of Just Ice and Mantronix etc. The Bridge is Over is particularly ironic. MC Shan's original, The Bridge, is an excellent track and still sounds fresh today. The Bridge is Over by BDP on the other hand, which uses the same beat and is a 5 minute exercise in telling people how Queens are fakers and the real hip hop came from the Bronx. Be that as it may, The Bridge is Over sounds awful and the rapping on it is pitiful, like a bad nursery rhyme. And it sounds really small minded and bitchy. To me it is a total waste of space and maybe it appealed to the resident hip hop fans of the Bronx at the time, but only because he was dissing Queens. I would save your money and buy the expanded version of By All Means Necessary, unless you are a purist and want this for historical value.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An Unexpected Classic 24 Oct 2004
By capaBILLity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You know,in 1986 I thought diss records went out with UTFO and SHANTE. Then I heard "South Bronx" an anthem to where hip-hop really started also an unexpected answer to MC SHAN's classic hit "The Bridge". I felt "The Bridge","South Bronx" didn't move me at first,it sounded like a demo,didn't seem real to me. Then SHAN answered back with "Kill That Noise",it didn't hit me at first whom he was feuding with. Next,"The Bridge Is Over" hits the airwaves like crazy. I had no choice but to give it a listen and damn,KRS-ONE's dissing the whole JUICE CREW (SHAN,MARLEY MARL,MR. MAGIC and SHANTE)except BIZ MARKIE & BIG DADDY KANE,kinda put SHAN in his place on the dissing part. Still it didn't get me into them. But it gave me a buzz. I had to hear what's next by BDP.

Then "Poetry" hit the airwaves. I'm like 'oh my God,that's dope'. Then "The 'P' Is Free" and then "Dope Beat" and then "Criminal Minded" and I'm like,what a record. I scooped up two copies to mix right away. I became a fan so quickly,I bought tickets to the Dope Jam concert in the summer of 1987 to see both KRS-ONE and SCOTT LA ROCK live in New York at Madison Square Garden. It never happened.

SCOTT LA ROCK was killed like a week before that concert.

KRS-ONE attended that concert,opening for WHODINI and L.L. COOL J and he did his thang. No lip syncing (like the headliner UNCLE L) and turntables spinning alone as a tribue to the late SCOTT LA ROCK. Performing them hits I just named that made BDP a major comeback force in underground rap music since SCHOOLLY D's THE ADVENTURES OF SCHOOLLY D in 1985. This album went commercial on an independent label,almost impossible.

The other songs "9mm Goes Bang","A Word From Our Sponser","Elementary" and "Scott La Rock Had 'Em All (Super Hoe)" makes noise but not like those I've named in the beginning. Then they released the instrumental album of all 10 songs from the original. I'm like 'that's great man',scooped up another pair. Any release was a must have at this point,even if I had it from this album already.

Some beats were done by CED-GEE of the ULTRAMAGNETIC MC'S but he gets no credit for it (he got jerked by BDP's label at that time). Nonetheless,this is the classic of the late 80's. No album before or after by any rap duo can touch this album.

I must add though,the first 10 original songs total about 50 minutes of the CD,so how can another 10 songs (instrumentals) fit on an 80 minute disc? Each of the 10 instrumental songs are shorten to 2:15. Too cheap to double the album I guess. Oh well,enjoy!

RIP SCOTT LA ROCK,we miss you,bra.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The beginning of the KRS-ONE legacy-- 4 Jun 2007
By Hype Currie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Criminal Minded: The beginning of the KRS-One saga

Put together by an ex-social worker and his formerly homeless client, Boogie Down Productions' DJ Scott La Rock and KRS-One introduced Criminal Minded to the hip-hop public in early 1987, after a year or so of dropping 12-inch singles on the indie B-Boy Records, and making a name for themselves in New York's underground hip-hop circles. The 10-track, groundbreaking album by BDP is definitely up there with the greatest rap albums of all time. The production by the artists (and according to many interviews, an un-credited Ced Gee of the Ultramagnetic MC's) brought a new sampling aesthetic to hip-hop, focusing heavily on then-dusty James Brown sides from the 60's & 70's. In KRS-One's rhymes listeners can hear a rapper whose intention is not just to entertain but to educate. The album opens with "Poetry", with a trademark James Brown scream; KRS declares "I'm not an MC, so listen--call me poet or musician". "9mm Goes Bang" is a reggae-driven tale of street revenge, focusing on the fictional "crack dealer named Peter". The Bronx-based act made instant rivals in the Queens-based Juice Crew, as evidenced in songs "South Bronx" and the perennial "diss record" favorite "The Bridge is Over" (with an oblique nod to Billy Joel at the end). "Dope Beat" samples AC/DC's "Back in Black", making for an influential rap/metal combo. The title track reinterprets the opening lines of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" with subversive results. In the ensuing years since the LP's first release, the album has fallen in and out of print several times. Fortunately, Traffic Entertainment (formerly Landspeed) has secured the catalog rights, and made the album available again. Subsequent re-releases have tacked on a few bonus tracks or an entire instrumentals disc.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A classic, but not as groundbreaking as some claim: 28 Nov 2002
By H. Brumfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to some reviews, Criminal Minded was NOT the first to introduce "gangsta" themes (check out Schoolly D, "P.S.K.") or reggae styles (see Original Concept, "Bitin' My Stylee" --Dr. Dre from MTV's record on Def Jam). Nor were the beats produced by Scott La Rock, but primarily Ced Gee from Ultramag, who got stiffed on the album credits. Sorry to bust bubbles. But it doesn't need to be The First to still be an historic and classic hip-hop album. It's one of the greatest, and will always be close to my heart.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Hip Hop Classic 16 Feb 2001
By Mecca Egypt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I know people have been throwing the term "classic" around as of late and it seems rather cliche. But, this is a hip hop classic. Many hip hop purists consider this album to be classic. It is an amazing piece of musical creativity, inventiveness, ingenuity, and overall magic. The chemistry between the electrifying KRS-One and turntablesmith DJ Scott La Rock is undeniable, and makes this the premiere hip hop album to listen to for anyone who calls themself a "hip hop head." Almost every song from this album has been featured in the works of some of today's pop, rap, and R&B stars. DJs still spin cuts from this album in clubs across the world and fans rush the dancefloors in the process. I've been in clubs, and when songs from this album would come on, everyone would recite the lyrics loudly in unison -- it's quite a sight to behold. KRS-One still performs songs from this album today and it has been nearly over a decade since its initial release and sold-out crowds still chant and jump to this album like never before. This album is one that is not to be missed. Extremely recommended, if not required, for your collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
THIS is how to revisit classic hip hop! 23 Oct 2010
By Trevor Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just picked this 3 disc set up last night for like $15. Aside from being one of the greatest hip hop albums ever made; the packaging of the set and the bonus material make it a must own for anybody that would give the original 3 or 4 stars in the first place. Along with the record style disc sleeves and book, it came with a poster of the front cover and in a case that resembles old 45 rpm vinyl cases. It's also packed fairly condensed so it won't take half a shelf in your library.

On to the music. As far as most old school hip hop fans would think, this is the only real Boogie Down Productions lp ever released because of the tragic death of DJ Scott LaRock the next year. His sound was stripped down with an emphasis on drum machine and scratching. BDP was one of the first rap groups besides Run-DMC and MC Ice-T to use hard rock and roll in some of their songs.

The rhymes on Criminal Minded for the most part are adult without being vulgar if that makes any sense. Street life is, as one could imagine by the title, addressed in a major manner on this cd. Criminal activities are described, but neither encouraged or discouraged on the original disc. It's just there. Sort of a reflection of life in the South Bronx.

The 2nd disc consists of alternative mixes, b-sides, single releases and studio interviews. The only other classic hip hop album to go this deep with these is Eric B and Rakim's "Paid In Full" 2 disc set.

The 3rd disc is the entire album instrumental along with 3 other instrumentals. This is the most complete version of any old school hip hop album ever pressed on cd to date. Brings back memories of my early high school days for certain.
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