Hip-hop philosopher KRS-One (real name: Kris Parker) will release "Spiritually Minded," his fifth studio album, Jan. 22 via Front Page/In The Paint/Koch. Helping to give the the former Boogie Down Pro
Hip-hop philosopher KRS-One (real name: Kris Parker) will release "Spiritually Minded," his fifth solo studio album, Jan. 22 via Front Page/In The Paint/Koch. Helping to give the former Boogie Down Productions leader's album its gospel slant are guest appearances by B.B. Jay, T-Bone, Fat Joe, Rampage, and Greg Nice.
"When I began to think about what [the] album should sound like, I could not help but to think of the people that yearn deeply for the spiritual meaning of life and living," KRS-One said in a statement. "I could not help but think of them seeking and searching the narrow path of righteousness only to be bombarded and harassed daily by wickedness and deceit. But be strong!"
The album features the track "Tears," dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. The politically and socially conscious rap icon says that the album was written partially as a way to deal with his grief following the attacks, and he hopes his words will help others heal.
"Spiritually Minded" follows up KRS-One's 2001 debut In The Paint/Koch outing, "The Sneak Attack." The album debuted in May at No. 9 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and hi No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums tally a week later.