Quaking the industry with DJ Scott La Rock on the classic tracks “The Bridge Is Over” and “South Bronx,” KRS-One’s 1987 debut immediately established him as a hip hop king. Following the release of Criminal Minded, the co-creator of Boogie Down Productions elevated his position in rap’s hierarchy with socially conscious anthems like “Self Destruction” and “Sound of da Police.” With over 20 albums and 37 gold and platinum plaques, “The Teacher” founded rap’s only educational institution, the Temple of Hip Hop, in 2001. KRS-One (whose name is an acronym for Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) is also an actor, activist, four-time author and former vice president and A&R at Reprise Records. In honor of his involvement in the Stop the Violence Movement and his overall contributions to hip hop, the pioneering emcee has been the recipient of numerous tributes and accolades, including BET’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and VH1’s 2004 Hip Hop Honors.

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