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Krist "KRS-ONE" Parker

Krist "KRS-ONE" Parker

Author, Emcee & Producer


Krist Parker, also known as KRS-ONE (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone), is one of the most important and influential rappers in the industry whose ascent from street kid to rap revolutionary to acclaimed lecturer and intellectual is the stuff of hip-hop legend. Read More >

Born in Brooklyn, Parker was raised by his mother and quickly learned how to survive on the streets as his family frequently moved from borough to borough. In 1981, Parker left home to pursue a career as a philosopher and an emcee. As one of the city’s many homeless citizens, he sought shelter in a men’s shelter, where he met social worker Scott Sterling, also known as DJ Scott La Rock. The two teamed up and created Boogie Down Productions, producing the album Criminal Minded in 1987. After Sterling was killed while trying to break up a street right, Parker became one of the major influences behind the Stop the Violence Movement.

Parker has played a crucial role in bringing a social and political conscience to hip-hop through such groundbreaking albums as By All Means Necessary, Criminal Minded, Edutainment, and Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip-Hop. As a solo artist, he has continued to expand the genre's thematic and musical boundaries, rapping on albums for artists as diverse as R.E.M. and Shabba Ranks. He has garnered 16 gold and platinum recording awards for his 15 albums.

He has written several books, including The Science of Rap, Ruminations, and The Gospel of Hip-Hop. He has been honored by the United Nations, VH1, Billboard magazine, and The Source magazine. His music has been sampled by star artists such as Ja Rule, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z, Sublime, Mos Def, and Dr. Dre.

Krist “KRS-ONE” Parker has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges nationwide. A blunt and outspoken rapper, intellectual, and activist, he passionately speaks about industry politics, respect, and the linguistics of hip-hop. In a time when hip-hop's culture, art, beauty, and depth seem to have been trampled on by a desperate and impoverished generation, Parker firmly stands as the preservation of hip-hop itself. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Right Supremacy

Hip-Hop: Its Meaning & Purpose

Urban Inspirational Metaphysics

The Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace

The Science of Rap