Contact Us

KRS-One Pledges $50K to Museum He Once Protested

Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

When the cash-strapped National Museum of Hip-Hop opened its doors at an event last April, KRS-One stole the show by declaring the place illegitimate and speaking out against its lack of input from people like himself and the genre’s godfather Afrika Bambaataa. Fortunately, museum founder Craig Wilson recently reached out to KRS, changing his mind and getting the iconic rapper to put his money where his mouth is. KRS not only reversed his stance on the museum but donated a cool $50,000 to make sure it stays alive.

“[KRS] saw the [New York Times] article and said, ‘It’s making us look like we’re not doing anything, and we’re not gonna go nowhere … ‘” explained Wilson in a recent interview with HipHopDX. “That being the first significant pledge that we’ve gotten, it’s nothing [in the grand scheme of things], but it’s a lot, ’cause it came from KRS-One. I guess it makes sense that he’s the first to do it. I’m hoping that this will put a lot of pressure on a lot of other artists, because this is something that all the artists should be coming together to give money to this cause.”

Wilson added that he convinced KRS and other founders by proving that his motives with the museum were pure and had nothing to do with personal vanity. He claims that he takes no money from the project and is keen to create an environment where visitors can learn about rapping, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti through an educational and historical lens.

You can learn more about the National Museum of Hip-Hop and donate at the institution’s website.

if(typeof AOLVP_cfg===’undefined’)AOLVP_cfg=[];AOLVP_cfg.push({id:’AOLVP_75073417001′,’codever’:0.1,’autoload’:false,’autoplay’:false,’displaymnads’:true,’playerid’:’89761511001′,’videoid’:’75073417001′,’width’:476,’height’:357,’playertype’:'inline’,'stillurl’:'dynamic’,'videolink’:'#’,'videotitle’:'dynamic’,'videodesc’:”});

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theboombox.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on The Boombox quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on The Boombox quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!