Editors’ Notes KRS-One had remained a hip-hop leader through several generations of new talent and had proven himself as an artist in a multitude of different ways. Knowing that he'd earned the permanent attention of his peers, he started challenging them anew. I Got Next includes a live spoken-word lecture (“2nd Quarter—Free Throws”), a crawling, near-tipsy piece of jazz poetry (“Over Ya Head”), and a blistering exercise in alternative metal (“Just to Prove a Point”). In that last song, when KRS says he’s “not the type to listen to what everybody will say, but more and more it’s seeming that I can’t trust you anyway,” one gets the feeling that he's referring to an audience whose complacency he's come to resent. Of course, the second golden age of New York hip-hop wasn’t quite over, and I Got Next also delivers a slew of jazzy, shadowy, menacing songs that fit easily alongside classics by Nas and The Wu-Tang Clan. Among these are “A Friend” and the stealthy “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” produced by DJ Muggs.

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1st Quarter: Commentary
1
0:17
 
2nd Quarter: Free Throws
2
2:05
 
The MC
3
3:15
 
I Got Next / Neva Hadda Gun
4
4:10
 
Heartbeat (feat. Redman & Angie Martinez)
5
3:07
 
Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight)
6
4:49
 
A Friend
7
4:12
 
H.I.P.H.O.P.
8
2:10
 
Halftime
9
0:39
 
3rd Quarter: Commentary
10
0:16
 
Klassicks
11
0:59
 
Blowe (feat. Redman)
12
3:40
 
The Real Hip-Hop, Pt. II (feat. Mic Vandalz)
13
3:06
 
Come to da Party
14
2:10
 
Can't Stop, Won't Stop
15
3:59
 
Over Ya Head
16
2:16
 
Just to Prove a Point
17
3:45
 
4th Quarter: Free Throws
18
1:47
 
Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight) [Remix] [feat. Puff Daddy]
19
5:03
 

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