Album Details

February 25, 1992
Rap, East Coast Rap, Golden Age, Hardcore Rap, Political Rap

Album Review

The final album released under the Boogie Down Productions name, Sex and Violence is a partial return to form after the overly preachy ego trip of Edutainment. Specifically, it's a return to the aggressive beats of KRS-One's earlier work, except with a more contemporary sound -- this is the first BDP album to rely on multiple outside producers, which supplies a much-needed sonic update. As a result, some BDP fans feel that Sex and Violence is an underrated effort -- it packs more of a punch, and KRS-One is refocusing on the art of MCing, not to mention his dancehall reggae influence. That said, it isn't a complete success, since his usual consistency of vision isn't quite there. There are a number of good moments: the single "Duck Down," "Like a Throttle" (which fears that Islamic spirituality has become nothing but a hip-hop fad), and "Poisonous Products." But elsewhere, some of his observations are more provocative than immediately insightful. He urges the "Drug Dealer" to invest his profits in the black community, and on "Build and Destroy" he brands high-ranking black officials like Clarence Thomas and Colin Powell nothing short of devils for their assimilation. Plus, "13 and Good" and "Say Gal" both have a discomforting undercurrent of misogyny unbecoming a teacher. There's enough vitality on Sex and Violence to make it worthwhile for fans, but overall it doesn't rank with the best of KRS-One's work.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Original Way
  2. Duck Down
  3. Drug Dealer
  4. Like a Throttle
  5. Build and Destroy
  6. Ruff Ruff
  7. 13 and Good
  8. Poisonous Products
  9. Questions and Answers
  10. Say Gal
  11. We in There
  12. Sex and Violence
  13. How Not to Get Jerked
  14. Who Are the Pimps?
  15. The Real Holy Place