At long last, KRS-One has returned with an entirely new LP. It’s been dubbed Now Hear This, and features the Bronx MC rhyming in tones as enlightened and energized as ever. Longtime fans and young newcomers alike will find a great deal to enjoy amongst its 18 tracks. We’ve already heard first-hand evidence of how strong KRS is keeping himself on singles like the drug policy critique “Drugs Won” and gotten a glimpse of just how much the MC appreciates audio techs on “Sound Man.”
With standout cuts like “Duty,” “Invaders” and “The Lingo,” Now Hear This is one of the most impressive outings we’ve heard from KRS-One in recent memory and proves that the towering legend of early hip-hop still has abundant insight to share. The MC also offered up some compelling social commentary during a new interview with CNN, in which he decried police brutality as a social evil that will hold the entire wold back. “Trayvon Martin was your cure for Cancer. Freddie Gray was about to come up with something for planes that when they crash, they never exploded and everybody lives,” KRS said, hammering away at the injustice of these young black men being slain at the hands of the authorities. It’s heavy, necessary stuff.
The entire Now Hear This record has been made put up for free streaming below, and is also available for purchase for the bargain price of $10.
KRS-One Tour Dates:
November 29, 2015 – Chicago, IL – The Shrine
January 17, 2016 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Convention Center