Hip hop has always been more of a culture than just a genre of music. It represents a huge portion of the marginalised world of America and how they managed to create something from nothing; how their lifestyle and previously buried literary talents created a culture that has inspired millions. The frontman of rap/ metal band Body Count Ice-T takes his audience on the road to visit the founding fathers, the major superstars and the rising stars of the rap genre including Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, Krs-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and discover the skill and feeling behind what has made them international music heroes. One of the frequent interviewees is Grandmaster Caz who we are taken to visit on several occasions as he writes a new set of rhymes called 'The Art Of Rap'.
Directed by Ice-T with help from Andy Baybutt, 'Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap' is a feature length music documentary delving into what goes into making the seminal hip hop records that have dominated music since the late '70s. It came about when producer Paul Toogood asked Ice-T the simplest of question which the star had never before been asked: How did he write seminal tracks such as '6 In The Mornin' and 'Colors'?
The many names of KRS-One illustrate the energy and message that Krs-One represents. Known as 'The Teacher' for his educational, political and knowledgeable sentiment and known as the 'The Blastmaster' for his powerful delivery and heavyweight freestyles it was clear Leeds was in for a Hip Hop treat! KRS One has been to Leeds on numerous occasions throughout his illustrious and long lasting career so it was great for Kris Parker also known as 'The Philosopher' to make a grand return to a truly eager crowd during Black History month.
Continue reading: KRS-One, Leeds University, 5th October 2010 Live Review
Hip-hop pioneer Krs-One is returning to the New York shelter where he stayed as a homeless teen to help feed the needy this Thanksgiving (Thurs26Nov09).
The MC and record producer, real name Lawrence Parker, found himself on the streets in his youth and regularly used the Big Apple's Bowery Mission to get food and shelter.
And he is intent on giving back to the facility that helped him through the tough times - by handing out a Thanksgiving meal to a new generation of homeless people on the holiday.
He says, "I am participating in The Bowery Mission's Thanksgiving food drive and event because I myself was once homeless, walking these very streets, and spending time with these wonderful people at The Bowery Mission. I depended on them to survive."
Continue reading: Krs-one Returns To Homeless Shelter For Thanksgiving
Rap icon Krs-One has launched his own religion, complete with a 600 page 'bible' for potential followers.
The new faith is based on rap and the holy text called The Gospel Of Hip Hop: The First Instrument.
The star - real name Lawrence Krishna Parker - tells AllHipHop.com, "It explores the spirituality of hip hop, the divinity of hip hop. I'm suggesting that in 100 years, this book will be a new religion on the earth. Now you talk about controversy, there's some Christian ministries if you go online, look up some ministers, they dissing right now. 'Who the hell does he think he is?' Well, I think I have the authority to approach God directly, I don't have to go through any religion (or) train of thought. I can approach God directly myself and so I wrote a book called 'The Gospel Of Hip Hop' to free from all this nonsense garbage right now. Respect (to) the Christianity, the Islam, the Judaism but their time is up."
Yayo is among a number of top rap names considering roles in new film Vapors, including Nas and David Banner.
He says, "I'm going to play KRS-One... That's 50's favourite rapper... They're trying to do it right now."
Akeelah + The Bee star Keke Palmer and Diana Ross' son Evan have already signed up for the film, about the legendary Juice Crew collective. Palmer will play Roxanne Shante in the film and Ross will portray MC Shan.
Continue reading: Yayo To Play Krs-one
Rapper Krs-One has been forced to cancel a string of gigs after he was injured at a concert in Connecticut where a fan threw a bottle at the stage.
The hip-hop artist - real name Lawrence Krisna Parker - was performing at a nightclub in New Haven, Connecticut, earlier this week (beg14Apr08) when an audience member lobbed a bottle at him, striking the rapper in the face.
Parker continued with the final 15 minutes of the concert but was taken to Yale-New Haven hospital in an ambulance as soon as the gig was over.
The 42-year-old was treated for a fractured right hand and dehydration.
Continue reading: Rapper Krs-one Injured By Gig Violence
Rapper Krs-One and his wife SIMONE PARKER have pulled plans for a memorial service for their son RANDY HUBBARD PARKER, blaming "personal reasons" for the cancellation.
The late 23-year-old - KRS' stepson - was found dead in his apartment in Atlanta, Georgia on 6 July (07).
Parker claims Randy's suicide from a single gunshot wound to the head was related to severe depression.
In announcing the cancellation of the memorial service, which was due to take place in New York on 6 August (07), the couple thanked well-wishers and apologised for their late decision.
They tell AllHipHop.com, "If the hundreds of letters and responses to the announcement of the passing of our son are any indication, we know that through you, his life and spirit will forever be celebrated and live on.
"We extend our apologies to all who have come to our support, volunteered your time and services and planned to attend the service. We trust that you understand and respect our decision."
RANDY HUBBARD PARKER, the son of rapper Krs-One, has been discovered dead in his apartment in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 23.
A spokesperson for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office announced Parker died on Friday (06Jul07) from a gunshot wound to the head, and listed the cause of death as suicide.
Parker's mother and wife of KRS-One, Simone Parker, says Randy's death was related to severe depression.
The family is planning a memorial service in Florida on 18 July (07), which would have been his 24th birthday, according to MTV.
KRS-One was on tour abroad when his son died.
Prince, Krs-One and Outkast star Andre 3000 have teamed up with civil rights activist Dr Cornel West for a new album project to promote hip-hop.
The trio will join the likes of Talib Kweli, Killer Mike and the late Gerald Levert on Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations, the brainchild of learned West and his brother Clifton.
Artists appearing on the album tackle hard-hitting subjects like 9/11, racial profiling, the U.S. government and the use of the 'N' word, according to Billboard.com.
West says, "It isn't a commentary on hip-hop and I'm not coming in as a hip-hop scholar or critic. This is an attempt to go back to hip-hop's prophetic roots, which are about truth-telling, exposing lies and having fun."
Veteran rapper Ice Cube has slammed the state of contemporary hip-hop, insisting most performers are only interested in the "bling" lifestyle.
The 37-year-old wishes more rappers would embrace political issues instead of material gain.
He says, "Political rap has been pushed into the background, and rap has turned into bling party music.
"Groups like Public Enemy and Krs-One have no stage any more.
"I've been doing this 20 years - but rap is full of bravado now, and nobody wants to listen."