KRS-One Calls For Boycott of National Museum of Hip-Hop

KRS-OneLegendary rapper KRS-One, known widely as one of the originators of conscious hip-hop, took a stand recently to lead a boycott against the National Museum of Hip-Hop.

At an event last Thursday (April 8), commemorating the launch of the National Museum of Hip-Hop in the Bronx, KRS-One stood up at the podium and voiced his opinion about why people should not support the museum’s movement, explaining that they will honor the genre’s forefathers.

To elaborate on his views, KRS-One stated, “The reason that it’s not going to happen is because Afrika Bambaataa has said this event is illegitimate and should not happen.”

“None of the pioneers are in support of this event. None of them will be here tonight. I am here on behalf of the Temple of Hip-Hop as an observer. We are observing,” he added.

KRS-One had originally been a part of the project as a member of it’s planning board, but decided to remove himself altogether after the direction in the planning and organization changed drastically.

After explaining why the hip-hop community should not support the National Museum of Hip-Hop, he went on to say that he and Afrika Bambaataa have been working to start a museum of their own, which would honor hip-hop’s legacy for the past 20 years.

He says their museum will honor hip-hop in both a celebratory and accurate manner, also mentioning that the reason the project has taken so long to get off the ground is due to the fact that those in charge displayed a lack of respect for the history and legacy of hip-hop.

“In closing, what you are getting, actually, is a real dose of hip-hop’s culture. Here is what we are dealing with, ladies and gentleman,” the rap veteran explained. “We have been trying to start a hip-hop museum for over 20 years. In fact, it was Afrika Bambaataa that came up with the idea. However, most of the people who have been behind the hip-hop museum idea seem to always create groups without addressing the pioneers themselves.”

The people behind the National Museum of Hip-Hop had yet to address KRS’ comments at press time.

21 comments
  1. Wow, deep. Well if anyone has the right to speak up on this issue its definitely KRS ONE, arguably the greatest MC of all time.

  2. Here’s the real story:
    KRS-One had originally been a part of the project as a member of it’s planning board, but decided to remove himself altogether after the direction in the planning and organization changed drastically.

    Sounds to me like the planning and organization couldn’t dispurse enough loot/perks to keep him (or the forefathers) involved. Everything else in this article is just a red-herring.

  3. I don’t actually understand what the issue is…he was on the board, then quit and now it’s not “legitimate”? How can somebody with his contacts be working on something for 20 years and it still hasn’t happened?

  4. Can’t say I disagree…you can’t have a “National Museum of Hip-Hop” and not get input from people Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc, KRS-One, Kool Moe Dee…all the original, pioneering figures in rap and hip-hop need to represent this…not some nobodies in suits who were not at the front of the movement.

  5. Depends on your tastes, mercedes…but KRS-One has been a gatekeeper of hip-hop. Someone who has tried his best to preserve and promote the culture.

    What I think happened is the “direction” lost sight of what a museum of hip-hop should be, and instead started focusing on “how can we milk this thing for money?”

  6. Philly, krs1 is full of pork! He is the gate keeper of nothing! He talks more then he takes action, what happen to the temple of hiphop?! He needs to think before he speaks instead of always running his mouth. He used to talk mad shit about NIKE and then did a t.v ad for them, SELLOUT!!

  7. How you gone start a hip hop museum when the craft is fairly new compared to other genres? When you say legends, you forget that these guys ages are late forties and under. The so called legends didn’t make alot of music outside of Run DMC and LL Cool J and KRS. Everybody else from that era had 4 albums worth of dope memorable music max or less. I loved Curtis Blow but the nigga didn’t have 12 albums worth of music to be considered a legend.

  8. ECONOMICS COUNT! ANY PROJECT THAT EXPLOITS ANY AVE OF HIP HOP W/O THE INCLUSION OF NOT JUST KRS 1, BUT ALL THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE GENRE IS UNACCEPTABLE. JUST AS MOJOR CORPS COME UP WITH A BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THEY ALL GET A SALARY….THE SAME SHOULD APPLY HERE. ( BIG BANK CANT ALWAYS TAKE LIL BANK! )AS FAR AS KRS 1, HES EARNED THE RIGHT TO SPEAK ON ANY TOPIC CONCERNING THE ART OF HIP HOP.

  9. I agree with Baby Dame. A tangible documentation of the culture as a whole would be nice, but Hip Hop is mad young in the grand scheme of things. Granted, it has it’s place in history already, because of the overt world influence, but I don’t think it’s time to start erecting monuments just yet.

    KRS may or may not have validity, but dude does run off @ the mouth a lot, legend or otherwise.

  10. Oh yeah, if you don’t own a copy of ‘Criminal Minded’, ‘By All Means Necessary’, ‘Sex & Violence’ & ‘Edutainment’, you can’t even have an opinion on what KRS says regarding Hip Hop. Bonus points to anyone who filled out/sent in the ‘Temple Of Hip Hop’ application that was in The Source, early 90s.

  11. I’ve got one question, will The National Museum of Hip Hop also feature rap? Cause if any of you really know your history, it is not one and the same! By the mere fact that it’s called hip hop, there must be some big money involved. When you’re ready to learn the difference between the two–hit me up…………
    KRS1–as always one love bro……..

  12. IT SEEMS LIKE SUM ONE IS TRYING TO EXPLOIT HIP HOP CULTURE….

    BUT ISN’T THIS WUT HAS BEEN GOIN ON FOR THE PAST 20′ SUM YEARS????

    WOULD IT BE SO MUCH SIMPLER IF THEY CUT THEM IN ON THE ACTION?????

    BUT KRS ONE HAS BEEN ONE REAL DOWN AZZ DUDE TILL NOW HOPE HE STICKS TO THE PLAN…

  13. KRS-One, you can’t think you just going to keep shaking these people down. Black people created “Rap Music”, jewish people figured out how to sell hip-hop to white people and globally. They are two different things. One was created by Blacks, the other was created to exploit the conditions of Blacks. There’s a big difference.

  14. rap is somethin you do ,hiphop is somethin you live ,now guess who said that .@ those two cats talkin about shit they jus dont know shit about

  15. krs1 is and has been loud talking hypocrit, always saying one thing and doing the next, your time been up playboy, and besides what he ever did for hip hop besides “loves gonna getcha”? This kid never went platnium. He’s a one hit wonder, who has been living off hype of one some for about 20 some odd years. I’m pretty sure its all about money so, fuck what krs1 has to say

  16. The history of “Hip Hop” from the New York perspective as always, who gives a shit?

  17. Actually, KRS has several joints that gets thump. While he is not going platinum he is always in demand for live performances and has one of the best live shows. Bronx mobbed him when he came last year. The pioneers no doubt pulled KRS aside and explained that they are not being included. And he showed respect. To undadog, Memphis and New Orleans got rock, jazz, & big band music and we respect them for it. Respect the architects homie or your favorite artist wouldn’t exist to you.

  18. mercedes 1010 you seem not to really understand the hip hop if you’ll compare krs-one with the em ceess that have emerged just now krs is just not to be compared with anyone just like Pac and Biggie

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