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Rapper KRS-One has spent nearly 20 years spreading knowledge in hip hop. Now he educates the masses through song, lectures and concerts with his Stop The Violence Movement.
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As one half of the legendary rap collective Boogie Down Productions (BDP), KRS-One shaped an influenced the landscape of recording gritty urban folklore about inner city street life.
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Medusa, KRS-One and MC Lyte embrace after encouraging young voters at the Rap the Voter HipHop Voter Empowerment Rally in Compton, CA in 2002.
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“The Stop the Violence Movement isn’t going after the Commons, Talib Kwelis or Mos Defs,” KRS-One said. “We want the brothers who are aggressively shooting at one another to stop shooting each other and come together.”
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KRS-One shares his well wishes with Rev. Al Sharpton at the activist’s 50th Birthday Celebration in New York in 2004.
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KRS-One helps Fat Joe (left) celebrate the release of his album Elephant in the Room along with Slick Rick (front) and Rick Ross (right) in March 2008.
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“Now when I wake up in the morning do I think I’m a role model? Yes. I’m not trying to have a pristine image because a real role model shows you to the good and ugly,” KRS-One said. “For me I see myself as a role model because everything I do there is a person somewhere who needs to hear me spread a message of non-violent conflict resolution.”
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“I don’t see enough peace talk in society. Back in the day even commercials tried to be pro-active. Remember when they cracked an egg and dropped it in a skillet and as it fried they said, “This is your brain on drugs-don’t do it!”? We don’t have enough of that today—people paying to put out those messages," KRS-One said.
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KRS-One embraces fellow intellectual Dr. Cornel West.
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