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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