When you hear a rap song on the radio that disses Socrates for biting from Egyptian philosophers, you can be pretty sure that it's time for a new album from KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, the conscience of rap.
KRS-One is the Dylan of the South Bronx, a rapper with a hard-core reputation who was the first to take on drugs, homelessness, black-on-black violence. His Stop the Violence movement galvanized the rap community into political action. Last year's "Ghetto Music" went platinum, even though its hit single was a somewhat obscure genealogy of biblical figures; another hit off the album was called "My Philosophy." He's pretty much single-handedly given intelligence street credibility.