Once Nas put out the surefire controversy-starter Hiphop Is Dead, you knew the recorded responses were due sooner or later. And while it's no real surprise that KRS-One is the man on the microphone shouting out the counter-argument, his old rival from the Juice Crew, Marley Marl, isn't the producer you'd expect to be backing him with bruising beats.
It's clearly done to make a point that's further underscored by inviting former adversary Blaq Poet (notorious for the BDP-bashers Beat You Down and Take You Out) to jump on the track The Victory, that hiphop is bigger than beefs, no matter how vicious the verbal warfare might get, and if you're smart about the game it's possible to be a vital player past the age of 30.
The problem is, it reminds us that when KRS-One doesn't have a specific foe to take apart, he tends to get preachy, and all the "I am hiphop" rhetoric isn't terribly exciting subject matter. Where're MC Shan and Roxanne Shanté when you need 'em?