Return of the Boom Bap
Return of the Boom Bap
Studio album by KRS-One


23 September 1993


September 1992 - May 1993


D&D Studios
(New York City, New York)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Hardcore hip hop






DJ Premier, Douglas Jones, Kid Capri, KRS-One, Norty Cotto, Showbiz

KRS-One chronology


KRS-One (1995)

Return of the Boom Bap is the debut solo studio album by American rapper from Bronx, New York KRS-One, released on September 23, 1993, on Jive Records. Unlike the majority of the Boogie Down Productions LPs, KRS-One took a step back from his producing duties and allowed DJ Premier, Showbiz, and Kid Capri to produce the songs instead in addition to his four contributions. The tracks ""P" Is Still Free" and "Black Cop" appeared on the soundtracks for Menace II Society and CB4 respectively, and were both labeled as songs by Boogie Down Productions when previously released on these albums. Ill Will Fulton makes an uncredited appearance on "Slap Them Up", and is the only rapper to supply a verse for the album.

Return of the Boom Bap peaked on the Billboard 200 charts at position 37. In 1998, the album was selected as one of the 100 Best Albums by The Source magazine.


No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "KRS-One Attacks" - Martin, Parker DJ Premier 2:51
2. "Outta Here" KRS-One Martin, Parker DJ Premier 4:29
3. "Black Cop" KRS-One Parker KRS-One 2:59
4. "Mortal Thought" KRS-One Martin, Parker DJ Premier 3:20
5. "I Can't Wake Up" KRS-One Martin, Parker DJ Premier, KRS-One 3:34
6. "Slap Them Up" KRS-One, Ill Will Fulton Broady, Cotto, Jones, Parker Norty Cotto, Douglas Jones (co.) 4:00
7. "Sound of da Police" KRS-One LeMay, Parker Showbiz 4:18
8. "Mad Crew" KRS-One Parker KRS-One 4:26
9. "Uh Oh" KRS-One Parker KRS-One 4:06
10. "Brown Skin Woman" KRS-One Love, Parker Kid Capri 4:40
11. "Return of the Boom Bap" KRS-One Parker KRS-One 3:47
12. ""P" Is Still Free" KRS-One Martin, Parker DJ Premier 4:58
13. "Stop Frontin'" KRS-One, Kid Capri Love, Parker Kid Capri 3:20
14. "Higher Level" KRS-One Martin, Parker DJ Premier 5:15

Samples Edit

KRS-One Attacks

  • "(This Is) Detroit Soul" by Paul Nero
  • "A Mother's Love" by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • "South Bronx" by Boogie Down Productions

Outta Here

  • "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown
  • "The Moment I Feared" by Slick Rick

Black Cop

Mortal Thought

  • "Outside Love" by Brethren
  • "Stretching" by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

I Can't Wake Up

  • "The Whole World Ain't Nothin' But a Party" by Mark Radice
  • "Zion Gate" by Horace Andy
  • "I'm Dreaming" by Christopher Williams

Sound of Da Police

  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Inside Looking Out" by Grand Funk Railroad

Mad Crew

  • "Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps
  • "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown

Brown Skin Woman

"P" Is Still Free

  • "Papa Was Too" by Joe Tex
  • "The Jewel in the Lotus" by Bennie Maupin

Stop Frontin'

  • "Poinciana (Live at Montruex Jazz Festival)" by Ahmad Jamal
  • "Latoya" by Just-Ice

Higher Level

  • "The Breakdown (Part II)" by Rufus Thomas
  • "Blacula Strikes" by Gene Page
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