Album Review: KRS-One’s “The World Is Mind”


The hip hop veteran KRS-One is back again with the release of his 13th studio album, The World Is Mind. The album speaks from the essence that is hip hop, and examines the current state of politics, rap music, and diversity of cultures in America today. Overall, KRS-One makes his case for us to continue to “show respect” and to proclaim that one can create his or her own reality with his or her own mind.

From the opening song, the Def Jam Poetry artist hits the listener with a raw, old school hip hop feel. The track serves as an instant “head bobbing” intro and a triumphant entrance for the emcee.

Stylistically, KRS-One delivers each bar almost as one presents a cypher, particularly with an infectious, gritty, and passionate sound. The overall presentation is directly associated with “boom bap rap”, and allows the listener to digest each and every lyric.

In addition, the South Bronx takes aim at other emcees who he views as not being on his level. For example, rhyming “Lemme make this really clear/They are not us/All these wack Twitter rappers/I do not trust/”, taking shots at today’s new school rappers, similarly to how J. Cole did on his song, “EveryBody Dies”. KRS-One further explores this idea of what he sees is lacking in hip hop, in later songs such as “Don’t Ever Stop” and “You Like Me”.

Combined with KRS-One’s “boom bap rap” rhyming approach, the production, from Mlody, DJ Desue, Kofi, Paul Laffree, Steez, and PredatorPrime, also enhances the album’s sound, as well as quality features from Shai, K.O.D., and Janiece.

In the end, The World Is Mind shows what hip hop is still missing, and teaches that the power inside all of us is within our own minds.

KRS-One’s The World Is Mind is a blast from the past, yet perfect for these times.


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