Monday, October 18, 2004

Temple of Boom?

Remember in the late 90's, when KRS-One was back in mainstream hip-hop as a rapper/writer/educator (you know the days when I picked up breakdancing as a before/during/after-school activity)? I always thought his hip-hop temple concept, where attendees would learn about the 4 elements of hip-hop, was a neat idea. He’s one of my favorite Old School rappers from the great 80s and I was elated that he was finding success again in the community.

But according to the folks over at VodkaPundit, me thinks that KRS-One might be smoking a bit of the chronic:

If Osama bin Laden ever buys a rap album, he'll probably start with a CD by KRS-One.

The hip-hop anarchist has declared his solidarity with al-Qaida by asserting that he and other African-Americans "cheered when 9-11 happened," reports the New York Daily News.

The rapper, real name Kris Parker, defiled the memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks as he spouted off at a recent New Yorker Festival panel discussion.

"I say that proudly," the Boogie Down Productions founder went on, insisting that, before the attack, security guards kept Blacks out of the World Trade Center "because of the way we talk and dress.

"So when the planes hit the building, we were like, 'Mmmm - justice.' "
The atrocity of 9-11 "doesn't affect us the hip-hop community," he said. "9-11 happened to them, not us," he added, explaining that by "them" he meant "the rich ... those who are oppressing us. RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations."

Parker also sneered at efforts by other rappers to get young people to vote.
"Voting in a corrupt society adds more corruption," he added. "America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place."

Check out the Comments section and my defense of the hip-hop art form, NOT KRS's words. There are definitely some cracked out fools posting to that thread.