KRS Makes a Fool of Himself

by Winston "Stone" Ford


I know that I get a late pass for blogging about this, but I was reading about this whole thing while I was sick and I had to put in my two cents. I'm sorry, but I lost ALL respect for KRS-One’s cocky ass. It’s sad, because this dude used to be the perfect ambassador for hip-hop, but he is slowly building his coffin with that recent Stanford University appearance.

Although most people want focused on KRS’s now resolved beef with Adisa Banjoko (where he threatened to kick his ass), KRS said some other stuff that just wants to make a brotha go….WHA???

Here’s some classic quotes via Coolfer:

  1. “If 50 Cent and G-Unit was here, and they said “I am hip hop,” half of y'all wouldn’thave a fucking thing to say to them because they'd put a gun to your back. Now you got somebody like KRS, who’s been philosophizing about hip hop from day one — I get this kind of disrespect?” (Clip here)

  2. “You can’tgo to college and then say you're hip hop. That don’tfly. … You better be a b-boy, an emcee, a graffiti writer, a DJ or a beatboxer and you can call yourself hip hop. Other than that you're writing about hip hop. You ain’thip hop. You better master these elements before you start critiquing them. How you going to critique something you ain’teven doing?” Dude, then why are you speaking at a college???” (Clip here)
  3. “I am not an artist or a theorist. I am the living embodiment of what you're discussing. To put yourself on the level of someone who has perfected the culture is inaccurate and illogical and it’s counterproductive to the movement. Now when I leave here I gotta go lead real people with real families, real economic issues, people going to jail.” (Clip here)

The panel, which included Davey D, Ladybug Mecca, and Bakari Kitwana (Jay Smooth has the full audio) was farily civil for the most part. However these actions will overshadow the whole purpose of the event.

This type oh ish is why I'm sick and tired of rap and hip-hop. There are too many damn egos in the room trying to take control of the situation. Too many assclowns are trying to take credit for something they did or didn’tdo. And for what?

Unfortunately, KRS is not relevant anymore and he knows it. BDP hasn’tput out an album since 1992. I can feel his frustration, but like or not, hip-hop has evolved and changed, for better of worse. All KRS is doing is just fighting to keep his name in the discussion.

And what do these panels do anyway? We discuss, discuss, and discuss some more, but I'm sure I’ll turn on to MTV2 and see bootyshake videos on TV.

  • superbizzee

    Ok, KRS chose the wrong platform to call out a beef. But a larger issue of concern to me is,”Why are all these Hip-Hop panel discussions and symposiums being held so often at Ivy League colleges and predominantly white institutions?” If you listen to the topic of discussion, it's largely about cultural solidarity and the sabotaging of hip-hop culture based on corporate interests and racial oppression. Aren't these issues discussions that should be taken to the Black and Latino communities? Hell, when's the last time you heard of a panel discussion or symposium on the plight of hip-hop at a PS 117 in Harlem or a Cardozo High in DC? The people that put on these panel discussions to talk down about commercial hip-hop are just as guilty for not bringing the discussion to a realm where people will benefit from hearing it.

  • Miss Hipstah

    Sadly, I think one of the main reasons why you see these discussions taking place on Ivy League college campuses is because, for starters, they can afford to pay the panelists. And pay them they do.

    Also, many progressives at these universities feel that these discussions and panels are good for “diversifying” their students education.

    On the other hand, in my own college experience, it was mostly Black or Latino run student groups that moderated these panels. But you're right. There should be more dicussions like this in the communities that would benefit them the most.

  • Stone

    I will give KRS credit on one thing, he has done workshops and discussions about hip-hop in the black community.

    However, Miss Hipstah is right, most of these panelists charge big $$$ to come and speak at these colleges. But I think these panel discussions in general show the huge disconnect between the black academic community and the black working class community. How about people TAKE ACTION instead of just talking about it?