KRS-One, Slick Rick

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Tue., Aug. 8, 8 p.m. 2017
$5

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The Novo by Microsoft
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90015
213-765-7000
The debut album from Boogie Down Productions, 1986’s Criminal Minded, ushered in a new era for hip-hop, moving away from its dance and disco roots with a harder-edged, dancehall-inflected sound that paved the way for gangsta rap. That group’s emcee, Bronx-born KRS-One, would become one of the most influential figures in the genre, who progressed from gritty, gun-filled tracks to promoting a more conscious message based around spirituality, education and anti-violence. (His nom de stage stands for “Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone,” after all.) Another pioneering rapper, British-born, eyepatch-wearing emcee Slick Rick has been praised as one of hip-hop’s greatest storytellers; his tracks such as “Children’s Story” and “La Di Da Di” have been sampled by scores of rappers over the past three decades.
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