Friday 17th May 2019
9pm — 2am
KRS One — Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone.
Lawrence Krisna Parker (born 20 August 1965) is an American Rapper and founding member of the influential hardcore rap group Boogie Down Production. After his stint with BDP he started a career as a solo artist under the acronym KRS-One (Knowledge Rules Supremely Over Nearly Everybody).
Parker was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, US, eventually moving out on his own at 16 to pursue a career as an MC. During this time he lived in a homeless shelter and was endowed with the nickname Krishna by his fellow residents due to his interest in the Hare Krishna faith. Parker shortly after met youth counselor Scott Sterling (DJ Scott La Rock) and formed the hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions in 1985.
With BDP he helped originate early forms of conscious rap and gangsta-hip hop. Also alongside groups like Public Enemy, he was one of the few rap artist that emphasized political issues and the gravity of social dynamics at hand.
2 years after the group’s formation they released their landmark debut “Criminal Minded”. Sterling was tragically shot and killed the same year as the album’s release, which marked an undeniably dramatic alteration in the band’s sound and style.