Hip hop legends don’t come much bigger than KRS-One. One of the most respected voices in the industry KRS-One’s arrival on the scene in the mid 80’s marked a large part of a massive movement that along with the man himself, has seen the kind of drama, tragedy, disillusionment and renaissance that has evolved and developed from the stuff of nightmares to what dreams are built of. The early 90’s positively resonated to the galvanising anthem ‘Sound of da Police’ but the gun culture fall-out of gangsta rap created a new course when BDP band-mate Scott La Rock was shot dead and KRS-One sailed off on a solo-crew ship single-handedly steering his way out of Hip Hop culture’s spiral into a parody of self-perpetuating commercial quagmire, to build his own political palace of new truths. It has been claimed that KRS-One has single-handedly held the history and original arts of Hip Hop together now for over two decades – and we aint arguin’. Part of BASS Festival 201 an exclusive performance on the 14th July kicks off this annual week-long festival of Black music, art and creativity which returns to the city later in the year. KRS-ONE’s performance will follow an exclusive two-hour Q&A session, where he explores Hip Hop’s history, myths and take questions from a small intimate audience. This will be a unique opportunity for music fans to learn the inside story of Hip Hop from an artist with a thirty year career at the top of the industry. Tickets will sell out.
KRS-One Q&A, Thu 14 Jul The Old Rep Theatre, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY. Tel: 0121 359 9444, 3pm – 5pm, £5/3
KRS-One with special UK guests, Thu 14 Jul, The O2 Institute Birmingham, 78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham B56 DY. Tel: 0844 477, 7pm-11pm, £14.50 – £17
Published on: Mon 11 Jul 2016