KRS-One Honored With Mural In New York

“There is no award that is above this.”

KRS-One is getting some hometown recognition.

The hip-hop legend and pioneer has been honored with a street mural in an area on New York’s Lower East Side where he was once homeless.

The mural, which is located at 2nd st. near 1st Ave, was painted by Italian street artist Jorit in honor of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary.

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“Wow! Just wow!” KRS-One told news station WNYW. “There is no award that is above this. I grew up here. KRS-One grew up in this neighborhood and was less than every single person here. I was homeless. I might have slept right there. [Hip Hop taught me] I can do anything.”

The artist Jorit added: “KRS-One is aggressive but he always looked to unite the aggressiveness and force of rap with positive messages.”

The new mural comes less than a year after KRS, along with Chuck D, Kurtis Blow and Doug E. Fresh, joined forces to establish the Hip-Hop Alliance – a non-profit organization that promotes fair wages, fair royalties and strong health and retirement benefits for hip-hop and R&B artists. Chuck D and Kurtis Blow serve as president and vice-president of the Hip-Hop Alliance.

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