Long considered a hiphop holy grail, KMD's infamous Black Bastards album was scheduled for release in 1993 but never officially came out until now. DJ Subroc was killed in a traffic accident just after the album was finished. Later that same week, Elektra records dropped the album from its release schedule, claiming that its sambo cover and much of the material on the record were offensive. The tracks have surfaced on a couple of different bootlegs, but this is the first official release of Black Bastards, complete with cover art, liner notes, one outtake and a new MF Doom remix of What A Niggy Know? Despite being almost a decade old, Black Bastards still holds together. In a vintage slice of Native Tongues-era hiphop, KMD mix social commentary with playful skills, keeping things loose but also deadly serious. Hiphop hasn't sounded this fun for years.