KRS-One’s New Battle Rap EP is a ‘Lyrical Ass Beating’
All songs on the new, six-track project will allegedly be directed toward rappers and emcees who have been disrespectful to KRS in recent years. And despite having released a tracklist, it is unclear exactly which rappers the tracks will target, but KRS has already proven himself to be a legendary battle rapper. The Bronx native made a name for himself back in 1987 when his crew, Boogie Down Productions, initiated one of rap's first significant wars with Queensbridge legends Marley Marl and MC Shan. KRS and his crew had a swift reply to Shan and Marley's track 'The Bridge' with their now infamous battle record, 'The Bridge Is Over.'
One of KRS's more recent battles includes a 2002 feud with Nelly, over his hit single '#1' which appeared on the 'Training Day' soundtrack. The Teacha took offense to the popular song, explaining that Nelly had disregarded the importance of his original, 1988 classic 'I'm Still #1.' KRS released a series of diss tracks against the St. Louis rapper, including 'The Real Hip-Hop,' 'Ova Here' and 'You Don't Want It.'
The new EP 'Back to the L.A.B.' will feature production from Da Beatminerz, Freddie Foxxx, JS-1 and KRS's brother DJ Kenny Parker. While the EP is up on the rapper's website with a $4.99 price tag, a click through to purchase wasn't working at press time. No official release date has been announced as yet. Check out the tracklist after the jump.
'Back to the L.A.B. (Lyrical Ass Beating)' tracklist:
1. Who Da Best
4. Show Shocked
5. Never Afraid