Boogie Down Productions
Bronx, New York-based rap duo Boogie Down Productions (Scott La Rock and KRS-1) actively suggested that young blacks were entitled to use "any means necessary" in order to overcome years of prejudice and discrimination. Their debut album, CRIMINAL MINDED, in 1987 sold over 500,000 copies and was instrumental in kick-starting the gangsta rap movement. After La Rock became the victim of an unknown assassin, KRS-1's lyrics enforced an even stronger need for a change in attitude, demanding an end to violence. The outfit's national name grew until their demise in 1992. Philosopher MC KRS-1 would go on to a decent solo career; however, his greatest claim to fame is as hip-hop's main archivist.