Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop

Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop

Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop
Studio album by Boogie Down Productions
Released July 4, 1989
Recorded 1988-1989
Genre Political hip hop,[1] East Coast hip hop[2]
Length 49:33
Label Jive/RCA Records
Producer KRS-One
Rebekah Foster
Spaceman Patterson
Sidney Mills
Boogie Down Productions chronology
By All Means Necessary
Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Los Angeles Times [5]
New York Times (favorable)[6]
Rhapsody (favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone [8]
Trouser Press (favorable)[9]
The Washington Post (favorable)[10]

Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop is the third album from Boogie Down Productions. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 25, 1989.


  • Track listing 1
    • Instrumental credits 1.1
  • Chart positions 2
    • Singles 2.1
  • References 3

Track listing

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "The Style You Haven't Done Yet" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
2 "Why Is That?" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
3 "The Blueprint" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
4 "Jack Of Spades" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
5 "Jah Rulez" KRS-One, Harmony KRS-One KRS-One, Harmony
6 "Breath Control" KRS-One KRS-One D-Nice, KRS-One
7 "Who Protects Us From You?" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
8 "You Must Learn" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
9 "Hip Hop Rules" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
10 "Bo! Bo! Bo!" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
11 "Gimme, Dat, (Woy)" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One
12 "Ghetto Music" KRS-One, William S. Patterson KRS-One, Spaceman Patterson KRS-One
13 "World Peace" KRS-One KRS-One KRS-One

Instrumental credits

Chart positions

Chart (1989) Peak
US Billboard 200 36
US Top R&B Albums 7


Year Song Chart positions
1989 "Jack of Spades" 3 15
1989 "Why Is That?" 5 48 20
1989 "You Must Learn" 15


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  2. ^
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  6. ^ New York Times review
  7. ^ Rhapsody review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived May 15, 2008)
  9. ^ Trouser Press review
  10. ^ The Washington Post review