Have you ever heard an album that makes a sigificant percentage of the music you listen to suddenly make more sense? It all suddenly become related and connected in a natural progression? I had that experience when I started to listen to KRS-ONE. I always knew that Ultramagnetic MCs was a key group in hip-hop. I’ve always liked Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith and Dan the Automator), and Kool Keith’s flow is still unmatched in funk, kink, style, and vocab. But now that I finally got my hands on ’Critical Beatdown‘, so much hip-hop makes so much more sense. Another building block falls into place.
Also, it’s really damn good.