KRS-One Leads Boycott Against National Hip-Hop Museum
Always one to battle, KRS-One took to the podium at an April 8 launch event for the National Museum of Hip-Hop in the Bronx and shocked audiences with a message to boycott the museum because it did not pay proper respect to hip-hop’s forefathers.
“The reason that it’s not going to happen is because Afrika Bambaataa has said this event is illegitimate and should not happen,” said an angry KRS-One. “None of the pioneers are in support of this event. None of them will be here tonight. I am here on behalf of the temple of hip-hop as an observer. We are observing.”
KRS-One was apparently included in the initial planning and organization stages of the museum, but has spoken out against recent changes in direction. He claims that him and Bambaataa have been working on an accurate, celebratory museum for over two decades, but the people in charge didn’t respect hip-hop history enough.
“In closing, what you are getting, actually, is a real dose of hip-hop’s culture,” he continued. “Here is what we are dealing with, ladies and gentleman. We have been trying to start a hip-hop museum for over 20 years. In fact, it was Afrika Bambaataa that came up with the idea. However, most of the people who have been behind the hip-hop museum idea seem to always create groups without addressing the pioneers themselves.”
Watch KRS-One’s tirade below.