KRS-One rose to prominence as part of the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, which he formed with DJ Scott La Rock in the mid-1980s.
26 Facts About KRS-One
KRS-One began releasing records under his own name in 1993.
KRS-One is politically active, having started the Stop the Violence Movement after La Rock's death.
KRS-One is a vegan activist, expressed in songs such as "Beef".
KRS-One is widely considered an influence on many hip-hop artists.
KRS-One had a troubled childhood, suffering severe beatings from his American stepfather John Parker when the family lived in Harlem, New York.
KRS-One engaged in the street art activity graffiti under the alias KRS-One.
KRS-One began his recording career as one third of the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, or BDP, alongside DJ Scott La Rock and Derrick "D-Nice" Jones.
Additionally, KRS-One had taken offense to "The Bridge", a song by Marley Marl's protege, MC Shan.
Still, KRS-One "dissed" the song with the BDP record "South Bronx".
KRS-One, demonstrating his nickname "The Blastmaster", gave a live performance against MC Shan, and many conceded he had won the battle.
KRS-One is credited as one of the more influential figures to bridge the gap between Jamaican music and American hip-hop.
KRS-One said that Jive Records and Radio 1 did not support him, but finished by saluting Westwood with "you know you're my man".
KRS-One moved to southern California, and stayed there for two years, ending his relationship with Jive Records with A Retrospective in 2000.
KRS-One has collaborated with other artists including Canadian rap group Hellafactz, Jay-Roc N' Jakebeatz and New York producer Domingo.
KRS-One featured on the posse cut "Mega Fresh X" by Cormega on his album Born and Raised.
KRS-One was featured as the voice of Chris Cringle in Nike's Most Valuable Puppets commercials.
KRS-One performed in May 2010 at SUNY New Paltz at their annual "Rock Against Racism" concert.
KRS-One narrated the 2011 film Rhyme and Punishment, a documentary about hip-hop artists who have done jail time.
KRS-One travelled there by cruise ship, as he hates flying.
In December 2020, KRS-One released his 23rd solo album Between Da Protests.
KRS-One stated that he meant that people cheered that the establishment had taken a hit, not that people were dying or had died.
KRS-One discussed, among other things, the Don Imus scandal and the use of profanity in hip-hop.
KRS-One supported Ron Paul for president during his 2012 run.
KRS-One's step-son was found dead in his Atlanta, Georgia, apartment on July 6,2007.
KRS-One's son Kris Parker was born on 1992 and is an aspiring music producer and DJ known as Predator Prime.