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The Kristyle Barking no-logo rants and cred spiels, KRS-One sees mainstream hip-hop being overtaken by bling and fancies himself its conscience. Trouble is, the...The Kristyle Barking no-logo rants and cred spiels, KRS-One sees mainstream hip-hop being overtaken by bling and fancies himself its conscience. Trouble is, the...2003-06-27

The Kristyle

Lead Performer: KRS-One; Producer (group): Koch Records; Status: In Season

Barking no-logo rants and cred spiels, KRS-One sees mainstream hip-hop being overtaken by bling and fancies himself its conscience. Trouble is, the rapper’s become a tiresome caricature, soapboxing (”Same Sound,” ”Underground”) with as little imagination and as self-indulgently as the cash-‘n’-ho’s rim twirlers he scorns. He’s noble-minded, maybe, but preachy: His ninth album makes you glad purists are on the losing side.

Originally posted June 27 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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