“Step Into A World”… KRS-One LIVE in the UK

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O2 ABC2 Glas­gow – Fri­day 8 July. 7pm

O2 Academy2 New­castle – Sat­urday 9 July. 11pm – 3am

O2 Academy Oxford – Sunday 10 July. 6pm – 12am

O2 For­um Kentish Town – Fri­day 15 July. 8pm – 2am w/ DJ PREMI­ER

Rap icon KRS-ONE brings his huge cata­logue of tracks dat­ing back to the mid-1980s to the UK for four live dates, includ­ing one night in the cap­it­al at London’s O2 For­um Kentish Town. At this very spe­cial show he will be joined by DJ PREMI­ER, one half of hip hop duo Gang Starr and also col­lab­or­at­or on sem­in­al KRS-One album, Return of the Boom Bap.

Hail­ing from The Bronx, MC / pro­du­cer and hip hop heavy­weight KRS-One, AKA Kris Park­er, was head honcho of Boo­gie Down Pro­duc­tions — one of the most influ­en­tial, hard­core hip hop out­fits of the 1980s. His polit­ic­al and socially con­scious raps earned him the nick­name “the Teacha” and along with his com­plex word­play, has built a repu­ta­tion as one of the most respec­ted voices in hip hop; a voice that would con­trib­ute to it being more than just a music gen­re.

With his DJ, the late Scott Le Rock he pro­duced some of this golden era of hip hop’s most legendary tracks (‘My Philo­sophy’, ‘South Bronx’, ‘I’m Still #1’) and fol­low­ing Scott’s tra­gic death, KRS-One cre­ated the Stop The Viol­ence Move­ment, which led to the release of the single ‘Self Destruc­tion’. After five albums with BDP, his entrance as a solo artist was explos­ive and 1993’s Return of the Boom Bap intro­duced KRS-One to the world with legendary tracks includ­ing ‘Sound of da Police’ and ‘“P” Is Still Free’. KRS-One has been cel­eb­rated as the “con­science of hip hop” (Rolling Stone), “the greatest live emcee ever” (The Source), the “spokes­per­son for hip hop” (Wall Street Journ­al), and with 20 pub­lished albums to his cred­it and numer­ous appear­ances with oth­er artists, KRS-One is believed to have writ­ten the most rhymes in hip hop’s his­tory.

This for­ward think­ing artist con­tin­ues to push bound­ar­ies, as recently demon­strated in his col­lab­or­a­tion with Cana­dian dub­step pro­du­cer Dat­sik. On ‘No Requests’, hip hop and dub­step col­lide, with thump remark­ing, “It’s rowdy and stompy and has all the swag­ger you’d expect of a meld­ing of dub­step and hip hop”. His latest power­ful LP, Now Hear This, shows once again that KRS-One is still a dom­in­ant for­ce and con­tin­ues to be a prom­in­ent mem­ber of the hip hop com­munity, Earli­er this month fol­low­ing the death of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, KRS-One joined Kanye West, Andre 3000, D’Angleo and oth­ers to per­form, hon­our and remem­ber the late, great artist at a trib­ute con­cert at Harlem’s Apol­lo Theatre.

Be in the pres­ence of rap roy­alty and wit­ness this major voice of hip hop, live.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.