Totally Krossed Out
Ruff House / Columbia
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
Of Them Try To Rhyme, But They Can't Rhyme Like This
1992 was an
interesting time. Grunge music had only just begun to take hold
as a popular music style as 80's hair metal was on its way out.
During this transitional phase many people found themselves searching
for a musical style to embrace. And amidst all this upheaval,
pop music was only just beginning to include hip-hop influences.
Still, the taste of gangster rap and the violent image it had
given rap and hip-hop music in general had yet to dissipate from
Kriss Kross's debut Totally Krossed Out became a cultural
phenomenon. Featuring songs written by none other than hip-hop
icon Jermaine Dupri, Krossed offered the music-consuming
public an image of hip-hop that was rough enough to sound as if
it came from the streets, but since this was a group of 12-year-olds
(and the fact that some people had standards) the rapping featured
one major absence: profanity.
Laugh if you
will, but there's no denying Kriss Kross's importance in the genesis
of rap and hip-hop and its rise to the popularity it enjoys today.
With catchy hooks and tracks like "Warm It Up Chris,"
"Jump," and "I Missed the Bus" an entire generation
of pre and early teens were introduced to a sound they may never
have heard otherwise. It was parent-friendly and (at
its time) cool to listen to.
To the naysayers,
I say this: before you simply dismiss Kriss Kross and their backward-clothes
gimmick as nothing more than a phenomenon that never should have
happened, go back and put the disc in your player. There's a reason
these "two little kids with a flow you ain't never heard"
are still present in the backs of all our minds. They knew what
they were doing, they were a fresh sound for the most of us and,
face it, when you were 12 years old they were the coolest kids
liked Totally Krossed Out...
1. Intro Interview
3. Lil' Boys in da Hood
4. Warm It Up
5. The Way of Rhyme
7. We're in da House
8. A Real Bad Dream
9. It's a Shame
10. Can't Stop the Bum Rush
11. I Missed the Bus
13. Party [Krossed Mix]
14. Jump [Extended Mix]