KRS-One has always been a voice box for Hip Hop, recently he spoke on the social context, political context, and the official birth of Hip Hop in the 70s, during an interview with Vlad TV.
He also addressed topics including the lack of respect for Hip Hop in America, Public Enemy’s pull on revolutionary white kids, and more.
The Bronx, New York lyricist started off by stating that being a part of America was never a goal for those in his generation. He then questioned why he has to currently travel to a country like Switzerland to make money as a Hip Hop artist.
According to KRS-One, Hip Hop is more accepted by the government in a place like Switzerland than it is in the United States.
“Our parents were on their hands and knees begging to be a part of America,” KRS-One said. “We were never part of that, ever…Blacks and Latinos get it the worst. We get it the worst in America. But the white people in America too started looking. And just a sense of justice. Was just like ‘Wait a minute, why is it like this if it should be like this?’ And this is when Hip Hop exploded. With Public Enemy who was representing Minster Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. And their whole audience was white kids…You can tell that the government here [Switzerland] is lenient towards Hip Hop. Towards it elements. Breaking in the street, graffiti on the wall, people rapping. I can’t make money in America. Why am I here? It’s 2013, okay. Why is KRS in Switzerland and not in Ohio…The political leadership of Ohio don’t respect me.”