The Teacher showcases his signature lyrical skill & messages that have made him a legend
Featuring 4pm pre-show dance workshop with KwikStep
A recipient of the Living Legend Award by Urban Music and a Lifetime Achievement Award by BET Hip Hop, KRS-One (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) is one of the most influential, definitive figures in rap. Born Lawrence Parker in the Bronx, he made his first impressions on the music scene in the 80’s as a charter member of Boogie Down Productions, which he started with DJ Scott La Rock. Their widely successful debut Criminal Minded rang with a powerful, unforgiving sound unlike any heard before, mixing lyrical finesse with imperative messages. By the 90’s, KRS-One was releasing albums under his own name, to much acclaim. His first solo record Return of the Boom Bap contained the track “Sound of da Police,” a catchy, booming anthem. His self-titled follow-up took things further in a political direction, with the song “Free Mumia,” raising heady, probing questions among many in the rap community. He would crank out nine more solo efforts and six collaborative albums before the thunderous Now Hear This dropped in 2015. From early on, he has been a fervent activist, as evidenced by his Stop the Violence project, which he founded and continues to run, and his vocal support of veganism.
Few disc jockeys are as chill as Charles Turner, who adopted the moniker Chuck Chillout right around the time that a burgeoning new art form known as “hip hop” was developing. He rose to prominence (alongside hip hop initiators Run-D.M.C., Slick Rick and Salt-N-Pepa) as a DJ and producer on NYC’s hit radio station 98.7 KISS FM in the ‘80s. He released a record with emcee Kool Chip named Masters of the Rhythm, an essential hip hop mix, featuring the smash “I’m Large.” Turner would make the transition to ‘on-camera’ as a breakout VJ star on the hugely popular hip hop TV show Video Music Box. In 1995 Chuck became one of the first ever deejays to play hip hop in Japan, which led to a surge in popularity of the art form in that country. On hip hop, Chillout quipped “Japanese people were totally into the culture.” After many years spinning around the globe, with performances at the Essence Music Festival and beyond, DJ Chuck circled back to his origins in 2009 and rejoined the thriving KISS FM team.