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.
Here’s some classic quotes via Coolfer:
- “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)
- “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)
- “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.