KRS-One LIVE @ HMV Forum! Saturday October 2nd
The legendary teacha KRS ONE began his recording career as one half of the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions alongside DJ Scott La Rock. They met during a stay KRS-One had at the Bronx Franklin Avenue Armory Shelter. La Rock (real name Scott Sterling) worked as a social worker there. The duo would begin to create music. After being rejected by radio DJs Mr. Magic and Marley Marl, KRS-One would go on to diss the two and those associated with them, sparking what would later be known as The Bridge Wars. Additionally, KRS had taken offense to’The Bridge’, a song by Marley Marl’s protege MC ShanQueensbridge was the birthplace of hip hop, though MC Shan has repeatedly denied this claim. Still, KRS “dissed” the song with the BDP record “South Bronx”; next, a second round of volleys would ensue with Shan’s “Kill That Noise” and BDP’s “The Bridge Is Over”. KRS-One, demonstrating his nickname “The Blastmaster”, gave a live performance that devastated MC Shan, and many conceded he had won the battle. Many believe this live performance to be the first MC battle where rappers attack each other, instead of a battle between who can get the crowd more hyped.
B.D.P released their debut album’Criminal Minded’ in 1987. The album, whose cover pictured BDP draped in ammunition and brandishing guns, is often credited with setting the template for the burgeoning genres of hardcore and gangsta rap. Following the fatal shooting of Scott La Rock in 1987, KRS was determined to continue Boogie Down Productions through the tragedy, releasing the album By All Means Necessary in 1988. He was joined by beatboxer D-Nice, rapper Ramona “Ms. Melodie” Parker (whose marriage to Kris would last from 1988 to 1992), and Kris’s younger brother DJ Kenny Parker, among others. However Boogie Down Productions would remain Kris’s show, and their content would become increasingly political through their subsequent releases Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop, Edutainment, Live Hardcore Worldwide and Sex and Violence.
KRS-One was the primary initiator behind the H.E.A.L. compilation and the Stop the Violence Movement; for the latter he would attract many prominent MCs to appear on the 12-inch single ‘Self Destruction’. As Parker adopted this “humanist”, less violent approach, he turned away from his “Blastmaster” persona and towards that of “The Teacha”, although he has constantly used “Blastmaster” throughout his career.
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