KRS-One: Technology Is Attempting To Manipulate Hip Hop

(AllHipHop News) Rap legend KRS-One returned with his most recent digital album Now Hear This in November. At 50 years old, KRS is now an elder statesman of Hip Hop, and the Teacha has experienced the culture undergo many changes over the last three decades.

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The Village Voice interviewed KRS about his new LP which covers topics such as mass incarceration, racism, immigration, and other concerns of what he calls “Hip Hop’s real citizenry.” The South Bronx native also discussed how technological advances have affected those citizens of the culture he represents.

“Original Hip Hop manipulated technologies of all sorts; it was not manipulated by the technology itself,” said KRS. “Today, however, it is technology that is attempting to manipulate Hip Hop. Today’s young hip-hoppas being so dependent upon their computers and not their own minds have missed the whole point as to why one would practice Hip Hop in the first place. Hip Hop is a human skill, and the practice of real Hip Hop should remind us of our humanity.”

KRS-One plans to re-release Now Hear This in 2016. The CD version will include new songs, remixes, and videos. The current LP features production by KRS, Mad Lion, DJ Predator Prime, DJ Static, Hellmaf, The Beat Miners, Nick One, MK Zoo, Linsey Vona, and Narayan.

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Stream KRS-One’s Now Hear This below.

  • Anthony Mason

    You guys are idiots..

    @yohance….technology must have manipulated the area near the front door and your mother must have fallen down the steps prior to having you… when you were still in her…..

    Jk….or am I? Nah just playin…..this article was good….or was it? Lmao!!!!!!!


      A nice way of saying They sold their soul for the almighty dollar.

      • Anthony Mason

        What celeb hasn’t?


        Artist from the 70’s early 80’s.

      • Anthony Mason

        Nah it was going on before that…


        I’mma make it easy on you, name 1?, LOL. Nobody in that era was trying to cross over, that was a no no, pop fans cross over to us. Now we’re Running to cross over to them.

      • Anthony Mason

        What does crossing musically over to other genres have to do with selling out for money?…

        The music industry has not changed since past decades other than the modes of delivery….(CD,mp3,mp4,records,8 track,tape).

        Same people behind the curtain are the same people behind the curtain and most of them are still alive and rich and calling shots….

  • Wetwork510

    Sorry KRS One but this started to happen about 10 yrs ago.

  • Hakeem

    we past attempted…..
    anybody with a cellphone and youtube channel is a “rapper” now…..

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  • THISIS50

    He is right

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  • jeffrey Jones

    Sure…. The intention of “technology” is to manipulate hiphop. Nigga please….

  • therealest1

    The music has been manipulated realistically once downloads became a viable option since 2000.

    The once influential and original music had been compromised once it became profitable and marketable to a mass audience. He didn’t account for that factor that made it become manipulated too. The labels and executives saw how profitable it was so they’ve had input on who to push and what they should sound like based on marketability.

    Downloading and internet exposures also caused the downfall of the music which precipitated his manipulated idea. Since more than 50% of listeners especially the younger generation download just specific songs they like, credible whole albums are no longer pushed to fans. Most fans just peep singles which are cheesy nowadays whereas artists had to make good whole albums to have relevancy in the older era when it was a true art form.

    Online exposure for a song good or bad is all it takes for an artist to have relevancy nowadays. Soulja Boy really benefited from that in 2007 with that song going viral online.

  • JerZeBoy

    krs 1 still speaks real $hit!


    KRS has ALWAYS been apart of the establishment, ignoring the fact that ALL of his income comes from the corporate DEMONS he claims ruin everything yet have made him RICH over the past FOUR DECADES!!! KRS talks a good game BUT NEVER mentions the solutions for the our cultures plight or ways to change the current situation that has existed throughout hip-hop’s SHORT life-span!! KRS HAS & ALWAYS will be a COMPLETE sellout when it comes to black people/music!!