The New York Rapper hits O2 Institute2 Birmingham July 14th before heading to London’s O2 Forum to join hip-hop production supremo DJ Premier.
WOOP WOOP! That’s the sound of KRS One playing 2 consecutive UK dates this summer. The New York MC will be taking to the stage of the O2 Institute Birmingham July 14th before heading south to O2 Forum London the following night to team up with long time collaborator DJ Premier.
KRS-One was part of one of the first waves of MC’s to come out of the Brooklyn area in the late 1980s. Originally a part of Boogie Down Productions, or BDP, the group initially struggled to gain success as their records were not played by popular Queens radio DJs such as Marley Marl. A spat between BDP and Queens MC’s emerged in which KRS-One and BDP provided a knock out blow with the track The Bridge Is Over in which he utters the line "Manhattan keeps making it, Brooklyn keeps on taking it, Bronx keeps creatin’ it and Queens Keeps on fakin’ it". Quite a way to settle the beef.
Having established himself as a feared lyrist during his time with BDP, KRS-One kept to the blueprint of hard hitting beats coupled with a sharp wit and venomous tongue across his solo releases. With tracks such as the world renown Sound Of The Police and Step Into A World at his disposal, KRS-One is sure to be provide a first hand glimpse into the raw power of his genre defining music when on stage.
If all this isn’t enough to make you break out your Kangol, then the prospect of DJ Premier also appearing at the London Forum on the 15th should do the trick. Two pioneers of the quintessential New York hip-hop sound appearing on the same stage. What you waiting for, tickets on sale now.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of KRS-One