Thursday, September 3, 2015
Knowledge rules supreme at Backbooth as KRS-One brings some old-school wisdom
By Ashley Belanger
on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 12:13 PM
KRS-One with SplitSoul, Moody Green, Nosis, Novice | 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-999-2570 | backbooth.com
People looked to blastmaster KRS-One (short for “poet,” duh) in the ’80s not just as a fiery (and seminal) hardcore hip-hop frontman of Boogie Down Productions, but also as “the Teacher” into the ’90s when his socially conscious solo career shoved fans into adopting new perspectives. Last year, an overview of his influence was released, The Essential Boogie Down Productions/KRS-One, and every current rapper should probably bounce back and remind themselves of its crucial lessons in responsible celebrity. (See “I’m Still #1”: “Now it’s my turn, and I am concerned/about idiots posing as kings/what are we here to rule?/I thought we were here to sing/and if we ought to sing, then let us begin to teach/many of you are educated, open your mouth and speak.”) His truths are still resonating, so don’t be a dummy and miss out while KRS-One’s school is thankfully still in session.