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20 Definitive Blerd Rap Albums

1. By Any Means Necessary by Boogie Down Productions (1987)

By All Means 5
 Some MCs be talking and talking, 
 Trying to show how Black people are walking
 But I don't walk this way to portray 
 Or reinforce stereotypes of today
 Like all my brothers eat chicken and watermelon,
 Talk broken English and drug selling
 See, I'm telling and teaching pure facts 
 The way some act in rap is kind of wack
 And it lacks creativity and intelligence 
 But they don't care 'cause their company's selling it… 

While many of the other albums on this list deal in science and nerd culture references, Kris Parker AKA KRS-One, explored a different avenue. After his partner DJ Scott LaRock was murdered following the release of their debut, KRS directed more energy into a non-violence campaign, reminiscent of the movement led by Africa Bambaataa in the late 70s. The song “Stop The Violence” addresses that with lines that are harken back to Gil Scott Heron’s “Whitey on The Moon.”He also criticizes the U.S.’s proclivity for war and how veterans are poorly treated. On the same song, he appeals to his fellow Black people who instigate violence at the clubs where people go to in order to relax. “Illegal Business” tackles how the police help keep drugs in and urban communities. He also takes aim at the hypocrisy of how some drugs are legal and some are not.

Donning “The Teacha” moniker on his second project, Parker, along with Public Enemy, began to embody and promote the spiritual fifth element of hip-hop, knowledge. As KRS recalls on the 1993 banger, “Outta Here,” he helped “set off consciousness in rap.” This would reverberate throughout the world and continue to evolve, lyrically and thematically, for generations to come. — Brendon Spencer

Curator of the BlerdUp Podcast // Blerds out about: Comic Book Movies, Video Games, Hip-Hop, and Politics

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