October 15, 2004

KRS-One -- not one of the smartest folks in the world

Rapper KRS-One has come out with a statement at the New Yorker Festival at the beginning of October that has many folks up in arms.

claiming that he and other African-Americans "cheered when 9/11 happened . . . I say that proudly."

As reported in the New York Daily News and confirmed by a New Yorker spokeswoman, the rapper explained his views by saying that prior to the attack World Trade Center security guards prevented black people from entering "because of the way we talk and dress. So when the planes hit the building, we were like, 'Mmmm -- justice.' [9/11] doesn't affect us. 9/11 happened to them, not us. The rich . . . those who are oppressing us. RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations."

KRS-One also criticized recent voter registration campaigns by members of the hip-hop community. "Voting in a corrupt society adds more corruption," he said. "America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place." This comment drew a heated response fellow panelist and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who yelled, "That is wrong, man. Suicide is not the answer."

He has no problem with taking American money, yet goes on a bitch-fest? If this country is so damn corrupt, then you've got two options: make a change, or get the hell out. I don't see him doing either one.

Talk about hypocritical. Not only that, if he actually DID cheer, I would dare say that I would wonder about his sanity.

It sounds like when common sense was handed out, he missed the delivery.

(Other commentary from Chris Short, Jeff Quinton & others)

Posted by mhking at October 15, 2004 08:33 AM

That really makes me furious. One of the outcomes of the horrific sacrifice of our countrymen in 9/11 was to strenghten national identity and diminish ethnic identity.

Posted by: Jane at October 15, 2004 11:02 AM

That's an insult to the hundreds of blacks who died at the WTC on 9/11.

Posted by: Fausta at October 15, 2004 12:56 PM

If I recall it correctly, NYT published a list, with pictures where available, and a short bio of each person. There were several dark-skinned people whose photos were included. One well knows you can't walk away with your face painted black and get away with it.

Posted by: Lola at October 15, 2004 01:02 PM

And we all thought the reaction to OJ Simpson was bad.

Boy, do we know how to needlessly stay angry victims & cultivate hatred.......but white people should stop entirely. Right.

Posted by: Beau at October 15, 2004 01:09 PM

you see what the liberal school teaching do to you.

Posted by: Dex at October 15, 2004 06:56 PM

I couldn't believe this. And then when you go and read the whole quote (just to give KRS the benefit of the doubt and to see if his words really were taken out of context), it gets worse.

I'm disappointed as hell. He was one of the most relevant rappers of our generation. What happened?!

Posted by: Toby Petzold at October 15, 2004 10:56 PM

What's even more disheartening is that his attitude toward this great country of ours will matter not a whit in his record sales. Too many of us are willing to erect a wall between the ethos of a person and the entertainment value of what that cretin produces. I, for one, don't listen to rap or hip hop music. But if I did, this carbuncle on the ass of humanity would never be played on my audio equipment ever again. I do listen to country, and the Ditzie Tricks get the ol' one-two Preset Punch whenever a radio station around here has the balls to replay their crap.

I think it says something about the intellectual acuity of a person who disregards who an "artist" really is and avidly supports that "artist's" fantasy persona. I spit in their general direction.

Posted by: skh at October 16, 2004 10:26 AM

matter not a whit in his record sales.

His record sales are close to zero.

Posted by: DarkStar at October 16, 2004 12:11 PM

I've been a fan of hip hop since I was in the womb. But never have I listened to KRS One. He never said anything valid and he never said anything meaningful. And if you are not going to do neither, at least be entertaining... he has never been that either.

His comments are unnecessary and, for lack of a better term, retarded. Notice he didn't make these comments when 9/11 first happened...Why? He knows the backlash in response to such an unpatriotic comment would have ruined him (like he isn't ruined already).

If thinks that Al Qaeda is so great and that their actions were justified, he should go live with Al Qaeda. Stop accepting the 'American money' that pays his ass and keeps food in his mouth. Stop accepting the money he receives from the interviews that he gets from making these bullshit ass comments just to get some attention.

The way I read it, he states that 9/11 was justified because the WTC wouldn't even let us black folks in because of the way we dress and talk. Damn, right. I'm of the hip-hop generation. But there is a time a place for everything. There nothing wrong with baggy jeans, throwback jerseys, white tees, low rider jeans, broken dialect, slang, or whatever as long at is worn and spoken at the right time and place (the club, at home, family & friends bbq, etc.). But it is not for business. The WTC was a place of business and if you go in your street/club wear and uneducated babble, how the hell do you expect someone to take you seriously? You're dressing and talking like a fuckin' teenager!

If KRS One was denied entrance because of his clothes and talk, it was deserved. Grown up and get some business about yourself.

Being denied entrance to a building does not justify the killing of hundreds of people...it doesn't even justify the killing of one. Any racial, political, financial injustice does not justify killing people.

He criticized the campaign to get young Americans...and for that matter, to get EVERYONE to go out and vote. What the hell?!?!? Does he want us to sit on our asses and do nothing while being a bitter black-American like himself? Fuck that. If anything, he has given me more reason to go out and vote this year. You don’t corruption, make and effort to change it - don’t just bitch about it.

He got the attention he wanted but he still won't sell an album.

Posted by: Bigredd at October 16, 2004 03:06 PM

skh, you're crazy.

You don't listen to the Dixie Chicks because they spoke out? Because they expressed opinion? Or was it because they didn't share your view of the world. That is what scares me. Not that you think they were wrong, but that you refuse to listen to their music because they spoke their minds.

As Americans they have the right to speak out - they never gave up that right when they became entertainers, people forget that sometimes.

Respect the fact that they were willing to put their careers on the line for something they believed in, even if you didn't agree.

Bigredd, you comment about KRS ONE:

"He never said anything valid and he never said anything meaningful. And if you are not going to do neither, at least be entertaining... he has never been that either."

You are making that up. Sure, he is wrong here but at the same time his lyrics are valid and meaningful a lot of times. Of course, if you are white then it is hard to empathize or even understand some of the things he talks about. Not that I'm defending this comment or even saying I liked KRS, it's just that you are uninformed (or ignorant if you prefer). KRS talked about "black only" issues mainly, not bitches and money like others who pander to the white community. That is why is isn't the pop star "P.Diddy" is.

Posted by: John Lamar at October 16, 2004 03:42 PM

Incidentally, I commuted into NY through the WTC every work day for seven years. There was no way you could "be denied entrance to the WTC", since there were several subway lines, PATH trains from NJ, parking area, and I forget how many entrances. Hundreds of thousands of people went through those buildings every day. Just on the office space alone, the two towers had capacity for 50,000 workers, which doesn't include the hotel and the smaller buildings at the site.

KRS-One might have been denied entrance to the Windows On The World restaurant, which had a dress code. There was a direct elevator to the WOTW from the main lobby and there was a security guard at that elevator. I was denied entrance once to the WOTW because I was with my friend and her husband -- her husband was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, and the WOTW required coat and necktie, no jeans. That's also the case at several of the nicer restaurants, such as The Four Seasons, in NYC.

However, on several other ocassions when I took (better-dressed) friends from out of town to the WOTW there was no problem.

The race/ethnicity of my group was never an issue.

Posted by: Fausta at October 17, 2004 08:20 AM

John Lamar: I'm crazy, huh? You find it difficult to separate the person from their personality? Perhaps you find it worthwhile to suffer the "art" of convicted murderers and child molesters who might have some smidgen of artistic ability? I'd rather not.

That's a logical fallacy, though. Let me re-state my thoughts: Since you produce the "Freedom of Speech" defense, you should realize that the Ditzie Tricks, while free to say whatever they like (within legal constraints) also must suffer the effects of people like myself who don't like what they have to say. Further, I have no respect for people who patronize celebrities who insist on using their stardom as a bully pulpit. From Sean Penn to the Baldwins to those same Ditzie Tricks, I respected one and all of them UNTIL they comprised my enjoyment of their product by spewing anti-American bullshit. You may like that. If you do, then you most likely agree with their borderline treason. Good for you, Son, good for you. Keep giving these miscreants the wages of your sweat and labor so they may continue to abet the leftists...they'll sure appreciate any assistance that you'll provide.

And here's a little free speech of my own: sKerry, Edwards, Daschle, Lieberman, and the rest of the Dhimmicraps can kiss my ass. They propound nothing positive for America, but promise doom and gloom incessantly. FETE.

Posted by: skh at October 17, 2004 11:19 PM

John Lamar writes:

You don't listen to the Dixie Chicks because they spoke out? Because they expressed opinion? Or was it because they didn't share your view of the world. That is what scares me. Not that you think they were wrong, but that you refuse to listen to their music because they spoke their minds.

I'm puzzled why this would scare you.

When someone pisses you off, there are degrees of pissed-offedness, based on the level of their offense. (Is that a word? It should be.) Surely you've encountered someone who says or does something that just aggravates you so much you no longer wish to even see them if you can help it. In this case, SKH found Natalie Main's comments so offensive that s/he no longer even wants to hear their music.

This doesn't say that the Dixie Chicks didn't have the right to say it, it simply says that because they did, SKH is outta here.

I personally didn't quite listening to them at first. The point where I had a problem came about when the three of them started (loudly) playing the poor censored victims and complaining about fans exercising their right to quit listening to their music in order to make a statement of their own. At that point, I quit buying the Dixie Chicks music. I still listen to a couple of their older songs, which I consider BN (Before Natalie opened her big mouth) and therefore acceptable. :g:

As Americans they have the right to speak out - they never gave up that right when they became entertainers, people forget that sometimes.

Respect the fact that they were willing to put their careers on the line for something they believed in, even if you didn't agree.

Exactly! See, you've got it. You just illustrated it right there. They have the right to say it, SKH has the right to not listen.

As for this guy, this KRS-One, he's in a whole different league than the Dixie Chicks. They demonstrated stupipdity, he's demonstrating just about two feet this side of treasonous, IMHO.

Who's his publisher? Be interesting to see how they respond to his statements.

Posted by: Kate at October 18, 2004 12:15 AM

you've got to be careful of the liberal media, he didn't actually say that. "Like everyone I was shocked to read that I and other African-Americans actually “cheered when 911 happened” and that I have “declared my solidarity with Al Qaeda”. When I read my words taken out of context I was shocked and disappointed that the Daily News would go this far to assassinate my character and distort my views. Such statements with no follow up explanation or interview from KRS-ONE as to what he may have meant or even a complete quote of my point is simply irresponsible journalism on the Daily News’ part. I would never just say something as crazy as “we cheered when 911 happened!” " http://www.templeofhiphop.org/

Posted by: elenamary at October 18, 2004 12:55 PM

krs is god

Posted by: thia at February 12, 2005 04:16 PM

All of you that dis respected Krs-one are so stupidly blind and lost because you are not deep enough to understand what he is expressing. America is corrupt has always been corrupt and has hurt alot of innocent people from alot of other countries. Read The Biggest Secret by David Icke you knumbskulls, so that you can see the light!!!! Listen to Krs-one's lyrics read some books and educate,not indoctrinate, but really educate yourselves before you take everything at face value. Krs-one is the best thing that ever happened to Hip-hop and yes I am one of Krs-ones Mental Defenders and a member of the Temple of Hip-hop! Think for YOURSELF before you go disrespecting. Ask yourself about all of the innocent women and children that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan all 200 THOUSAND of them and learn the history of the United States dealings with other countries in the past!!! Yes, when you vote in a corrupt society it does breed more corruption!!!I bet that you who dis respected Krs-one were one of the millions of hypnotised dummies riding around with the American flag on your car. Where are they now??? Don't get me wrong America is a great place to live..but listen to the Knowledge I give. A Phat lyric from Krs-one on the album By All Means Necessary Boogie Down Productions back in 1986 you Suckas'

Love you all because you all are me but don't talk shit about Krs-one cuz I'm always kwik to defend!!!!


Posted by: Carlton at July 9, 2005 11:19 PM

You're a fag.

Posted by: Tim at August 31, 2005 07:45 PM
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