KRS One at The Jazz Cafe, London
The mighty KRS-One from The Bronx in New York started out in the rap duo Boogie Down Productions with friend DJ Scott La Rock, however shortly after the release of their genre defining debut album, Scott La Rock was unfortunately murdered, forcing KRS-One to continue on the group as a solo effort. The debut LP the duo released however was the first to fuse the sounds of dancehall and hip-hop, producing a new style, which would eventually become gangsta rap.
After the demise of Scott La Rock, KRS-One started releasing music under his own name, also being involved in politics, as he began the Stop The Violence Movement in recognition of his friend who had been previously killed. His ideas about politics heavily influenced his music and could be heard on his early solo material including, what is possibly his most well known singe’ The Sound Of Da Police’, which was released in 1993. After this her also went on to release singles such as ‘I Can’t Wake Up’, Step Into A World’ and ‘Black Cop’, all of which were some of his earliest and best tracks to date.
Time however has not affected the lyricist’s skills as he is still just as exciting to see live as he was then, having just finished his first ever Australian tour. KRS-One will be coming over to the UK in the Spring an will be playing the second of two very special shows at Camden’s Jazz Café on Wednesday the 20th May, with this no doubt being one of the most intimate environments you will ever see him in.
THE JAZZ CAFE