As the legend of hip hop announces a rare live outing at the Kazimier, Getintothis’ Adam Lowerson has all the details.
Hip hop legend KRS-One has announced a rare live show at the Kazimier on August 7, as a part of a small run of European dates. The former Boogie Down Productions member will perform at the closing venue as one of only two UK dates.
The handful of dates will see a first live outing in the UK for the rap icon’s most recent LP The BDP Album, his first full release since 2008 album Maximum Strength. The record is described by KRS-One himself as examining “the roots of hip-hop’s defining impact on the world“.
The Bronx rapper, whose real name is Lawrence ‘Krisna’ Parker and is also known as Teacha, has had a career spanning over 28 years, having released six studio LPs under the name of Boogie Down Productions and going on to release a staggering 15 solo albums between 1993 and 2013.
Although KRS-One was one of three members of Boogie Down Productions, they sadly only released one album as a collective, their debut Criminal Minded, as DJ Scott La Rock was sadly shot dead in a street dispute. This lead Krisna to continue under the Boogie Down Productions name releasing five albums effectively by himself, before eventually going solo in 1993.
The death of Scott La Rock inspired Krisna to launch the Stop The Violence Movement in 1989, a movement which aimed to tackle violence in hip hop and African American communities. This amongst many other things has seen KRS-One become considered one of the most politically influential musicians of his time, and has seen him honoured by the United Nations. Rolling Stone magazine once described him as “One of the most influential lyricists of all time.”
Tickets for the event are available now.