Released in 1993, KRS-One’s debut solo album Return of the Boom Bap featured production from the greats like DJ Premier, Kid Capri, Showbiz and even KRS himself. Albums like Return of the Boom Bap (and, as a general rule, an artist of KRS-One’s caliber) emphasize the importance of both phenomenal production as well as clever wordplay – both in delivery and content. Laced full of heavy-knocking though jazzy and sometimes minimalistic beats, KRS drops knowledge on choice cuts like “Sound of Da Police” and “Black Cop”; but my favorite would have to be “Higher Level”. Just listen to it (again.. and again). How could Kris not possibly be considered a top-5 emcee?