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Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary (Jive/RCA); DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (Jive/RCA)

Jon Young, Musician, August 1988

RECENTLY THE paper brought news that two men have been arrested for the murder of DJ Scott LaRock last year, giving By All Means Necessary a poignancy it didn't need. Without tears, rapper KRS-One keeps his late partner's name in the forefront of these bulletins from the urban battlefield, describing the fray with terse, brutal authority. Even if his street stories don't relate directly to your own experiences, it's hard not to be moved by 'em.

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