#beingHIPHOP : KRS – One & Jasiri X @ Mr. Smalls & 720 Records
A little over a week ago I got the chance to interact with and see one of the earliest pioneers of our culture, KRS-One. I don’t agree with some of his ideologies, but I do understand his intention to create a Gospel of his own in the furthering of adding positive structure and direction to our culture.
The thing I’m beginning to find my way back to, is getting to know the music artists we’ve all been influenced by or seen coming up as artists ourselves. For me, it wasn’t enough to just like that person’s music. I wanted to know what they thought, who the person was. “Who was Talib Kweli, and what made him write ‘Get By’ when he heard it?”. “How does Mos Def (now known as Yasiin Bey) think and deal with being a Muslim in this music industry?”. The questions I had for all these artists were questions I asked because I wanted to see how much we related. Liking the music they created was the common point, and understanding that person gives the music that much more power and ability to move.
Here’s some pictures I took from the April 10th events with KRS-One. Featured in the photos : KRS-One, Jasiri X (1Hood), Paradise Gray (X-CLAN), DJ Selecta (720 Records Cafe), Paul Dang (720 Records Cafe), Thelonious Stretch, Leslie “Ezra” Smith, Werm (Werm’s Eye View), Bob Freyer.