KRS-One (born on August 20, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American hip hop
MC. Over his career he has been known by several pseudonyms, including Kris Parker, KRS
ONE, The Blastmaster and The Teacha. The name KRS-One is an acronym for
"Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone".
KRS-One is a significant figure in the hip hop community and is often referenced in works by other hip hop artists and critics as being the essence of an MC. He was originally a member of the hip hop crew Boogie Down Productions and is known for setting the path for both hardcore rap and socially conscious political rap.
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KRS-One released his first solo album in 1993, entitled Return of the Boombap, which featured the catchy yet very hardcore track "Sound of da Police". His second album, KRS-One, featured Channel Live on the track "Free Mumia". The track is a political protest song about Mumia Abu-Jamal, an imprisoned African-American and Black Panther member who a vocal group of activists on the political Left claim is innocent of the crime of which he was convicted. Other prominent guest artists on KRS-One included Mad Lion, Busta Rhymes, Das EFX and Fat Joe.
KRS-One's latest album Life, was released in June 2006, and another album, Adventures in Emceein on Koch Records is slated for later in the year. KRS-ONE has also confirmed for his next album of new material, expected to be out in 2007, he will be working with Marley Marl.