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01-11-2008, 11:39 AM
swiped this from the very slow moving Duck Down forum but, for all you fags in Europe & New Hampshire, here in ** BROOKLYN **, motherfucker, the best BK albums of the year were--

1) Sean Price "Jesus Price Superstar"
2) Jeru The Damaja "Still Rising"
3) Hell Razah "Renaissance Child"
4) Smif N Wessun "The Album"
5) Joell Ortiz "The Brick: Bodega Chronicles"
6) Boot Camp Click "Casualties of War"
7) Killah Priest "The Offering"
8) Hell Razah/Blue Sky Black Death

btw, the best live show I saw all year was KRS at Prospect Park; I don't think there's any argument, is there, that the two best ** live ** mc/performers are KRS and Meth, right?

Fuck Jay Z (fake gangsta, fake Brooklyn but nobody will say it because he does have $$$), Fuck Common (nice shirt tho'!), Talib is good only a verse at a time & El P is alternative rock, not hip-hop. (Fuck Aesop Rock pussy emo-rap too, just because.) BTW, I ain't fucking Young Justice but if some of ya'll wanna hit it-- hop on. She's a cutie!


What can be said about KRS-One that hasn’t already been said over the last 20 years? Not much. What should be noted however is that after two decades in the game The Teacha is still kickin’ knowledge and reigning supreme in the eyes of nearly everyone who’s ever heard Kris Parker speak.

Now on the heels of his most recent release, the critically acclaimed Hip Hop Lives (recorded with foe-turned-friend Marley Marl), The Blastmaster is fresh for 2008 with a slew of new projects. First up is the January 22nd release of his 12th solo album, Adventures In Emceein'. Following that release will likely be his debut on Duck Down Records. And if that isn’t enough KRS for you, the self-proclaimed living embodiment of Hip Hop will be blessing our ears with two additional, slightly experimental albums: an R&B-tinged spiritual Hip Hop record, and a acoustic guitar-driven spoken-word album.

I recently spoke with KRS-One about all of the aforementioned releases, as well as his recent Grammy nomination, his desire to have Cuba Gooding play him on the big screen, the rebirth of his Stop The Violence Movement, and finally his plans to take over BET this coming Spring.

: Now that you’re on Duck Down you’re not gonna start smoking bidis and wearing fatigues all the time, are you?

KRS-One: Well… Buckshot and I decided to do an album together. And in the midst of doing an album together, this is what we are calling I guess KRS-One signing or getting down with Duck Down. [It’s] sort of a boost to them as well to have KRS part of their roster of artists. And I don’t mind it either. Throughout my career, I’ve been down with several crews: Terror Squad all the way, Diggin’ In The Crates all the way, obviously Boogie Down Productions. But Duck Down is just another crew that I’m actually loyal too. So, will I be smoking bidis [Laughs]? No. I will be KRS. In fact, I would hope to add the KRS flavor to what they already have going on there.

: So just for clarification, you’re not officially signed as a solo artist to Duck Down?

KRS: No, I’m not officially signed. But, I would word that very poetically because I know what they’re trying to do with that kind of promotion, and I don’t wanna go against that.

: Is this project gonna be a straight KRS solo project, or the Buckshot/KRS joint project you were talking about?

KRS: It’s a Duck Down project, it really is. I’m coming into their camp. This is me coming to them to produce something that could not normally be produced otherwise. Plus, we also wanna try to start a trend…What Buckshot and I were talking about was starting that trend that artists [work together]. A lot of us know each other, and hang out even, why not do collaborations that are unheard of, or I should say Hip Hop’s what if’s? We always wanted to hear a [Big Daddy] Kane and Rakim duet album. It may serve them to do that.
I think that rap music is in need of this kind of freshness. So this is what draws me to the table to be able to work with Buckshot. I think he’s an emcee in every sense of the word. He loves the art. Money has not swayed him one way left or right. He rips parties down crazy. And his tracks is…I mean, Beatminerz…I mean, the whole Duck Down house really is just something that lends itself to KRS-One. It’s very easy for me to do this.

: Well just for additional clarification, you don’t have a distinct gameplan as of yet for the album?

KRS: No. You’re actually talking to me at the very, very beginning of this project. So no, we don’t have anything planned [as of yet]. But I tell you though, with Nas coming with I'm Racist, we gonna come up with a title that’s crazy!

: Diamond D is on Duck Down now too, can we look forward to you guys working together again?

KRS: Absolutely. I shouted Diamond D out at the BET Hip Hop Awards. He was sitting right there and caught my eye. I was like, “Word up! What’s up with Diamond D!”

: You guys haven’t worked together since the self-titled album, right?

KRS: Right. I mean, I’ve done some work on compilation albums that he was part of. Like you know, three emcees on a track, and I spit 16, and it happened to be a Diamond D track. But nothing like we did with the KRS-One album, and/or even previous work that I’ve done with him that really never came out I don’t think, or came out on mixtapes and stuff like that. But we never really, really got down the way we were supposed to.

: Just out of curiousity, while we’re speaking on Duck Down, “Duck Down” off Sex And Violence, did Buckshot ever tell you if that was the inspiration for the label name?

KRS: You know what, I don’t remember him ever saying that but I kinda think it [was]. Knowing Buckshot, knowing where we came from, the early days and all of that, yeah, I kinda felt it [was] in the back of my head.

: Yeah, I think that song came out like a year before Enta Da Stage dropped, so that sounds about right. Now, you’re on Duck Down but you also have another album coming out on January 22nd called Adventures In Emceein', correct?

KRS: I keep a fresh album nearby. People are ready for me to shut the hell up. People are probably saying, “Why is KRS coming out with another album?” And they are so right to ask that question. But now here’s the answer, I come from a place where at least once a year, as an emcee, you kept a fresh tape on you. If you take on the role and title of emcee, you supposed to keep a fresh tape on you. This is what Adventures In Emceein' was. It’s sort of a compilation of all the songs and ideas that I recorded that I just keep with me. And it just accumulated to a point where a guy named Jeffrey Collins, who runs Echo Vista Records, – known him for years – said, “Why don’t you put this stuff out? It’s timely, put it out now.” And a lot of it is not even 2007 material. A lot of it is 2005 material, 2006 even, the earlier stuff. So I’m like, “Whatever, go ahead and put it out.” I love the work. I’m proud of it. It’s actually for the true B.D.P. fan. For the true KRS fan this Adventures In Emceein' is what you want right now. It’s not an album where I’m probably gonna do a video to it. I’m not trying to tour off this album.This is just KRS-One staying current, staying fresh, always keeping a fresh tape in the eyes of the public.
I stay a creative person. Matter fact, I’m recording an album right now that I don’t even know the name of it. I linked up with a guy named Da Rock, who’s got some nice beats, heavy on the R&B side but I get a chance to explore my spiritual nature with some of the tracks, a more metaphysical album. I also did [an album] with a guy named Harold English, a Blues player. He pulled out the acoustic guitar and we did a spoken-word album in a weekend. Some of the stuff appeared with my Ruminations book. The book came with a CD, and some of the poems that are on that CD comes from this album that we did some years back. And only now am I even thinking about putting it out. It’s a spoken-word blues album done with an acoustic guitar, but I’m breaking the lyrics crazy! The lyrics is ill on there… So what I’m trying to say is, with KRS-One it’s not even that I have to put out a new record, I have about 50 songs always around me. And sometimes they come out, they come out on soundtrack projects, they come out as albums, they come out maybe just on DVD. Sometimes I freestyle the lyrics on television shows and [other] places. And once I put a lyric out into the public, whether I do it in BET’s booth or whether I do it on Sucka Free or whatever it is, I don’t say those rhymes no more. Those rhymes are done and I move on to the next thing. This is how I do it. I constantly work, and I have a barrage of material.

: Going back to Adventures In Emceein' real quick, did I read correctly that Rakim, Nas and Just Blaze all contributed somehow to the project?

KRS: They did shout-outs. That sounds like somebody marketing the thing and I gotta put a lid on that. No, they’re not rhyming. They come and do shout-outs. They just gave me a couple shout-outs. Nas shouted me out for the album. Rakim, Kanye, Fat Joe, and others [shouted me out]. The Just Blaze track is interesting because Just Blaze probably doesn’t even know he’s on this album. I was in Miami and rhymed on a track with a guy named Stevie J, and he happened to have a shout-out of Just Blaze actually shouting him out on the front of this track. I rhymed on it and we just kept the whole thing. I did this like a year-and-a-half ago, and so when Just Blaze hears it, he’s probably gonna bug out.

: Now I mentioned Nas and Rakim, along with Kanye you guys are nominated for a Grammy together for “Better Than I’ve Ever Been.” Is this your first nomination, I can’t recall?

KRS: Yes. It’s kinda weird, it’s my first direct nomination, to me. I was at the Grammy Awards two other times, with Shabba Ranks and with R.E.M. when they were both up for Grammy’s [which] I had contributed to the albums, Out Of Time by R.E.M. and [Rough & Ready Vol. II by Shabba Ranks]. But at the end of the day, no, this is my first direct nomination in that sense. I don’t know what to make of it to be honest with you. I don’t know what to think of that.

: C’mon, be real with me, did Nike buy that nomination? [Laughs].

KRS: Hey! You know what, I don’t know. I’ma put it that way, I don’t know. But you know what, I don’t think that Nike would do that ‘cause Nike as a company is cocky. Something like that would seem to be beneath a Nike. I could be wrong as hell, but it just seems like to me that would be beneath them.

: Have you kept a relationship with them since the commercial you did some years back?

KRS: “The revolution is basketball!” And cats tried to crucify KRS.

: Yeah, KRS and Nike! First Sprite and then Nike.

KRS: Damn, I just was like Mr. Sellout for that year.

: [Laughs]. Switching gears here, I’m curious to know who’s gonna be playing you in the Juice Crew movie, The Vapors, that starts filming next month?

KRS: Uh, probably Cuba Gooding…or maybe they won’t even mention me.

: It is interesting, the people they have recruited so far are to play Roxanne Shante and Mr. Magic, no mention of KRS.

KRS: Right, maybe they won’t even mention me and just do a movie about the creation of the Juice Crew. Because remember the original Juice Crew was not MC Shan and Marley Marl and these guys, it was Mr. Magic and 13 others that I think included Melle Mel and that click. Busy Bee may know the story better. And that was the original Juice Crew. Mr. Magic was a part of that, and kind of extended the honor to these guys, according to the legend. So they could be doing a movie on the original Juice Crew of the early ‘80’s/late ‘70’s, not really the Shante [era]. Maybe that’s like the end of their story.

: Yeah, I’m not sure. Has Marley talked to you at all about that? Is he involved with that?

KRS: I don’t know. Nobody’s spoken to me about it at all. As a matter of fact, this is news to me right now. You’re telling me something right now. I don’t even know anything about it.

: I guess while we’re taking it back to ’87, I have to ask you about a far less joyful memory from that year, this past August marked the 20th anniversary of Scott LaRock’s murder, and I just wanted you to say anything you wanna say about the anniversary. There wasn’t really any media coverage about it, so…

KRS: You know, we keep Scott’s name alive within the Hip Hop community through music and books and shout-outs and all of that kind of stuff, but really it’s… I don’t know what to say when it comes to Scott. It’s sorta…let me tell you what I’m thinking about actually, is that…have we actually grown up? Like, we’re still experiencing the same thing as in ’87. Jam Master Jay was the latest. It’s only a matter of time really, and I don’t say this morbidly, before we get another call.

: Or rappers killing themselves. The autopsy isn’t back, but Pimp C’s passing was likely due to drugs. Rappers killing themselves, basically.

KRS: Right. And speaking of that, my recent tragedy with my son committing suicide, have we elevated now from homicide to suicide?

: I wouldn’t call that an elevation, but…

KRS: I tell you, the thing I will say about Scott is we’ll continue to keep his name alive.

: While we’re speaking on Scott I wanna ask you about this, you and he were already working on the first Stop The Violence movement before he was murdered, right?

KRS: Oh yeah, no doubt!

: ‘Cause I think a lot of people think you were inspired by that and that was the catalyst.

KRS: No, no, no, and let me come back and add a little bit of clarity to that as well. It wasn’t the Stop The Violence Movement that was created [prior to Scott’s passing], it was the “Stop The Violence” record that appeared on the By All Means Necessary album in ’88. Scott LaRock was tampering with the production of that one [before he passed]. It was “Stop The Violence,” “My Philosophy” and “I’m Still #1” that Scott was working on with me production-wise before he was killed. The song “My Philosophy,” he had already chose that beat, the “Sister Sanctified” [sample]. But going back to “Stop The Violence,” that song was already done, written at least, the “One, two, three, the crew is called BDP.” That was already written and being performed back in ’87.
Now after By All Means Necessary comes out and the song “Stop The Violence” is on the album, Anne Carly, who was at the time A&R for Jive Records, comes to me and says, “I wanna start a movement based on your song, ‘Stop The Violence.’” So Anne Carly, a young Asian woman, approached KRS [to make this movement happen].

: And why nearly 20 years later is the official relaunch of the movement happening?

KRS: Well, I don’t think there will be an official launch, truthfully. This is a movement that’s just going to happen. All of a sudden you’ll just start seeing the expressions of this movement. If there is one date that we are all looking at right now it’s December 31, 2007. At noon it becomes December 32nd, and we take a twelve hour day of prayer, fasting and meditation. At noon, wherever you are in the world, we are asking that people take five-10 minutes to visualize peace in the world happening. We have a website called stvmovement.org and hopefully there you can see me in meditation and join us from wherever you are.
That’s the first [unofficial] launch. The second launch will be the second and third week in May. The third week in May is Hip Hop Appreciation Week. The second and third week of May I’m going to produce BET. When I went to Atlanta and accepted the “I Am Hip Hop Award” [at the BET Hip Hop Awards] I ran up on Stephen Hill and we started talking. About a week later we [had] a meeting and discussed BET and their bullshit. And when we came to the final conclusion, BET is sick of BET. The people that work at BET are sick of BET. It’s a job for them. When I gained that enlightenment, that Stephen Hill actually wants to do something… Stephen Hill suggested, “Why don’t we see what you’re talking about, in terms of balanced programming. Why don’t you take over two weeks anytime in 2008 and program Rap City.” So the Stop The Violence movement links into that because two weeks into May I will be taking over the Rap City airwaves and putting out a version of Hip Hop I would like to see.

: So you’re just gonna rerun a show from like ’89 or something? [Laughs].

KRS: [Laughs]. Damn, you just solved the whole issue. But nah, what I wanna do is get the memo out to artists like Common and Talib that they should do specialized videos for these two weeks. I’m not gonna take the history approach, you need to know what Hip Hop is from the past. I’m gonna take the future approach, this is the possibility of what we can become.

01-11-2008, 12:00 PM
yo thanks a lot

01-11-2008, 02:20 PM
KRS-One: Well… Buckshot and I decided to do an album together.

that's right, me and krs, dropping an album together, fuck YO COUCH!

01-11-2008, 04:10 PM
That was a good interview. I always like to read KRS's interviews because he always has something positive and educational to say. That's good that he's with Duck Down records now. I've been disappointed in KRS's albums since I Got Next. I didn't like The Sneak Attack, Prophets Vs. Profits, Keep Right, Life albums. He did do a tight ass mixtape with a puerto rican rapper named Peedo and the mixtape is called Peedo And The Luna Empire. Ya'll need to get that if you haven't heard it. Peedo can spit. I first heard him rhyme on KRS's How Bad Do You Want It song from KRS's Kristyles album. Much props to KRS for putting together the Stop The Violence movement because black men killing each other is crazy and the shit is still going on. I guess these stupid ass black men didn't pay attention to Self Destruction and We're All In The Same Gang songs.

Maxxx Millisecondz
01-12-2008, 04:09 AM
damn, Duck Down........wow. that's what's really good. that's how it should be. plus everyone on Duck Down is on some grown up shit these days just about, so Kris will fit right in. i wish i got BET so i could watch it when he takes over for 2 weeks.

01-12-2008, 11:59 AM
yo thanks a lot

01-12-2008, 12:14 PM
i like all them albums. Add Jay-z American Gangster up in there though. Enjoy the music man. It's just music

01-12-2008, 05:04 PM
it's exactly the opposite ! it's a lot more than music

01-12-2008, 11:03 PM
that's cool, J-- i was just saying it's silly for you to jock Jay over Prodigy like that when you don't know ** anything ** about his life, or very little. I never understood the big deal except that people like to back a winner & Mobb Deep alienated their fans a little w/ "Infamy." What's bizarre, however, is Jay can do every wack move, spit some reallt bad lines (and some good ones), have a horrible crew (is there a worse weed carrier than Memphis Bleek?)... and ** still ** get love while ya'll will hate on P. endlessly.

Personally, like others, I think P. is the superior artist, although Jay does things P. doesn't, esp. party rap and where Mobb Deep CAN get stupid about their "guns" and "paper," Jay does go on & on about specific brands.

BTW, I like Styles a lot but I don't think he has the album making knack down like the Duck Down dudes.

lastly, if comes to Mobb Deep versus Saigon, I ride with the Mobb all day; you look at their body of work, + Big Noyd + Infamous Mobb-- come on, dunn.

01-12-2008, 11:05 PM
p/s: J, i can't say what i write but i'm up on a lot of Flatbush Ave gates, & a few rooftops so we're good. music is important, however, & it's more important than the stupid "beef."

Q: if Saigon is so enlightened & righteous, why-- if P. really did start-- does he react like that?

you're a political dude, you KNOW how silly that is.

01-21-2008, 09:14 PM
El-P and Aesop would rip KRS at this day and age. KRS should have hung up his mic 10 years ago.

01-21-2008, 09:19 PM
btw, the best live show I saw all year was KRS at Prospect Park

word ?

you was there too

that Dj that was on before him stole the show though