Wednesday, March 18, 2009

KRS-One Interview

For those of you who don't know Lawrence Krishna Parker aka KRS-One, he is an old school rapper that some would refer to as a true MC and a pioneer for the hip hop culture. He grew up in New York but more specifically the Millbrook housing projects in the South Bronx. At the age of 13 he ran away from home and lived in homeless shelters. During this time he began to read books on religion and philosophy by day and would practice rapping at night. Despite his tough situation, he still managed to get his GED at age 17.

At one of the homeless shelters he stayed at he met Scott Sterling AKA DJ Scott La Rock and created Boogie Down Productions which launched his hip-hop career. Scott Sterling was killed in an attempt to break up a fight shortly after the company's debut LP release "Criminal Minded".

KRS-One still kept Boogie Down Productions after Scott's death, but the violence in the hip-hop community continued. In response to the murder of a fan during a Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions concert, KRS formed the Stop the Violence Movement which in 2008 re-released the song titled "Self-Construction" which included some famous artists like David Banner, The Game, Nelly, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, Method Man, Styles P, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Cassidy, MC Lyte and 50 Cent.

He is currently working on a book called "The Power Of Future" and you could hear some of his songs on his Myspace page.




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