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KRS-One is at once a genius and a fool, a walking contradiction who once declared, “I am hiphop.” He spouts black nationalist ideology, then turns around and takes Gil Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and makes it into a Nike ad (with Heron’s permission, I might add). But KRS has also churned out eight albums and two hiphop classics. He has squashed whole crews with mere singles and managed to stay in the game for over 10 years. He’s the type of dude who should only talk when there’s a breakbeat playing behind him. But even beats can’t help I Got Next, an unfortunate smattering of capable lyrics and utterly boring tracks. Typical of the album are cuts like “Over Ya Head,” where KRS pastes ill-conceived syntactical wordplay (“Us must trust us discussing trusting usUs must trust us”) on top of an engaging horn loop and a plodding drum track. But most puzzling of all is Puffy Combs’ remix of “Rapture’s Delight.” True to his standard, Puff delivers yet another uncreative yet dance-friendly groove. But it’s comedy to see KRS, patron saint of the underground, paired with Puff, the high chief of commercialism. KRS’s ninth effort is a rush job. If you really want next, try the WNBA.

—Ta-Nehisi Coates