KRS-One and DJ Premier proved their knack for making dope records together on KRS's first solo album Return of the Boom Bap, creating the classic single "Outta Here," and sleepers like "Mortal Thought." So when it was time for KRS to make his follow-up, self-titled solo LP, he enlisted Premo once again, specifically coming to him for another hit single. Premier blessed him with a thumping track equipped with banging bells that made Kris react like, "Yo, this is going to be big." And it was.
Fun fact about this record: KRS-One actually pieced his raps together from three different old verses he had previously written in old notebooks. —Daniel Isenberg