Sex and Violence

Sex and Violence

While the first four Boogie Down Productions albums had been marked by leanness of sound and clarity of intent, the collective’s fifth and final album—Sex & Violence, from 1992—is murkier, both musically and ideologically. Rap had changed a lot since KRS-One debuted in 1986. His inner restlessness propels songs here like “Drive & Destroy,” “Poisonous Products,” and “Questions and Answers,” all of which reinforce the rapper’s personal power even as they contradict some of his previous statements. These internal and external conflicts resulted in a roaring return to pure street rap in the form of “Duck Down,” the most gloriously vicious song he’d recorded since his debut.

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