Beef! KRS One Urges Boycott of The Museum of Hip Hop (w/Update)
UPDATE (8:40 p.m.): This is from AllHipHop.com:
(AllHipHop News) A number of Hip-Hop pioneers will gather at S.O.B.’s in New York tomorrow (April 20th) to focus on a unified front in maintaining and continuing the integrity and preservation of the culture.
KRS-One’s Temple of Hip Hop in association with the Universal Zulu Nation will host an ongoing series of discussions regarding the cultural integrity of Hip-Hop.
“Pioneers will come to the April 20th meeting at S.O.B’s, to form a consensus and build a framework of a governing body,” stated KRS-One, Founder of the Temple of Hip Hop.
Additionally, the discussions will lead to the creation of a Supreme Council, as well as a plan to compensate pioneers for their contribution to the genre.
“If you want to do any project that has to do with the culture of Hip Hop, it has to be run through the pioneers,” said the Universal Nation’s DJ Yoda.
On Tuesday, April 6th, KRS-One appeared at the launch party for the National Museum of Hip Hop, a non-profit launched in 2005, to document the of Hip-Hop culture to society throughout the world.
He revealed that a number of pioneering rappers, including Africa Bambaataa and Kool Herc, did not support the National Museum of Hip-Hop’s mission.
“I think it’s a great thing that the Pioneers are coming together for this most important positive cause. If it has to do with the preservation of the hip-hop culture, NMoH is behind it 100%,” stated Craig Wilson, President of the National Museum of Hip-Hop, who will not attend the meeting.
Wilson will participate in future meetings at S.O.B.’s, as will other pioneers.
A pioneers dinner will take place at 5:00 PM, with media opportunities to follow from 6:00pm-7:00 PM. The open discussion starts at 7:00 at S.O.B.s.
Let’s see what develops. I hope that this is not just bullshyt.
I like KRS-One; I have more veneration for the first wave of hip-hop artists than I do for the current crop who don’t know their behinds from a hole in the ground. Then again, I’m old. In the beginning, it wasn’t just about gangstas and how many hootchies were in the video.
I was linked to this through a friend’s list. Very few people, I have observed from the succeeding media reports, have actually seen KRS One’s speech at the press conference. He identified himself as a spokesperson only for the pioneers who refused to attend the inaugural ceremony for this Museum of Hip Hop. Here’s what The Boombox has to say:
“The reason that it’s not going to happen is because Afrika Bambaataa has said this event is illegitimate and should not happen,” said an angry KRS-One. “None of the pioneers are in support of this event. None of them will be here tonight. I am here on behalf of the temple of hip-hop as an observer. We are observing.”
KRS-One was apparently included in the initial planning and organization stages of the museum, but has spoken out against recent changes in direction. He claims that him and Bambaataa have been working on an accurate, celebratory museum for over two decades, but the people in charge didn’t respect hip-hop history enough.
“In closing, what you are getting, actually, is a real dose of hip-hop’s culture,” he continued. “Here is what we are dealing with, ladies and gentleman. We have been trying to start a hip-hop museum for over 20 years. In fact, it was Afrika Bambaataa that came up with the idea. However, most of the people who have been behind the hip-hop museum idea seem to always create groups without addressing the pioneers themselves.”
In other words, some have tried to take the direction of the organization away from the founders and make it considerably less than what they had envisioned.
I note that some observers think that this is all about money. Um, that’s a part of it, but I wouldn’t be surprised that it’s not the whole. I think that this is par for the course. Once gangsta rap became the standard by which all of hip hop would be judged, i.e., gangsta equaled lucrative, then the music industry could turn off all that clack about “culture” that KRS One and Afrika Bambaataa and Public Enemy were talking about and go for the ducats. These guys were in the vanguard and they were political as well as party animals. I’d get mad too if my project, something that I had worked on for years, had been absconded with for the sake of corporate sponsors–that’s the term that KRS One seemingly dodged–but what I think is the real stank in this issue.