By Matt Diehl
Updated June 13, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

Largely avoiding his trademark didacticism, KRS-One dishes out raw funk in I Got Next on tracks like ”The MC,” an exuberant celebration of hip-hop lyrical invention. And on ”Step Into a World (Rapture’s Delight),” his gruff rhymes provide gripping contrast to the ethereal chorus lifted from Blondie’s new-wave/rap hybrid ”Rapture.” In a stunning return to form, this hip-hop revolutionary finally sounds like he’s having fun. A-