KRS-One; purveyor of true hip-hop to some, babbling mentalist to others, undisputed legend to all. He has his moments. One of the more positive things he has been orchestral to is the Stop The Violence Movement, which regardless of your opinion on hip-hop, is nothing but a good thing. Started in the late 80’s, they try to get people ‘to take responsibility for the way in which conflict is resolved‘. Noble. The site is worth a visit if the song ‘Self Destruction‘ means nothing to you. There was a west coast single too called ‘We’re All In The Same Gang‘ (with Ice-T, NWA and MC Hammer amongst others) which I actually prefer but that’s beside the point. Anyway, by most accounts, it’s been a fairly quiet few years for the movement, but they’re re-starting in 2008 with a potentially stonking new single..
Over a three day period from February 7-9, The Game, Chamillionaire, Nelly, David Banner and 55 other artists joined Kris at the Los Angeles Recording School to record new audio and video for the initiative. A number of artists from the LA underground also turned out to show support, including Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, and Planet Asia. The legendary MC has also confirmed future contributions from artists such as 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Cassidy, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lil Mama, Talib Kweli and MC Lyte.
It’s debatable as to how much clout KRS (/the STV Movement) can have nowadays but it’s good to see people like The Game and 50 Cent show their support (although even that poses questions about hypocrisy and whatnot).. I’m curious to see what comes out of this new lease of life. Could be interesting.