Hip Hop Lives (2007) When Nas named his 2006 album H ip Hop Is Dead , he ruffled feathers — especially graying ones. Respected vets KRS-One and producer Marley… 2007-05-22 KRS-One Marley Marl Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Hip Hop Lives (2007)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 22, 2007; Lead Performances: KRS-One and Marley Marl; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

When Nas named his 2006 album Hip Hop Is Dead, he ruffled feathers — especially graying ones. Respected vets KRS-One and producer Marley Marl team up to dispute the claim on Hip Hop Lives, but as life affirmations go, theirs is weak. While KRS, now in his 40s, still wields a walloping, spartan flow, he employs it mostly to boast of his own relevance. Marley's tracks thump but don't escalate. Where are the surprises demonstrating genuine vitality? Without innovation, hip-hop still lives — but boy, does it show its age. DOWNLOAD THIS: Kill a Rapper

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints