Skip to comments.KRS-One Will Sue Radio Stations If They Play His Music
Posted on 09/14/2013 9:21:19 AM PDT by raccoonradio
In a recent interview with whomag.net, KRS-One explained why his music is never played on mainstream radio stations. Apparently, KRS-One will sue radio stations if they play his music.
If the radio ever played my music, I would sue them, KRS-One told whomag.net And they know it, which is why they dont play my music. If you play KRS, Ill sue you. Straight up. I dont even want my music on mainstream radio. They dont deserve it. They destroy careers.
Elaborating further, KRS-One explained why he never felt the need to crossover with mainstream audiences.
Heres a secret, KRS explained. Im going to drop a jewel on you right now. Less is more. Small is big. Marketing and promotion is s---. Physics, mathematics, and cosmology. Why do we breathe? What is oxygen? This is the truth. I only want the truth. I existed before the mainstream. Why would I join them? I watched the mainstream come up and now Im watching it collapse. I dont want to be a part of that. I was born in Hip Hop. Thats all I ever needed. Thats it.
video. "Hey...I can't find nothin' on the radio. Yo, turn to that station..."
"I wanna bite the hand that feeds me, I wanna bite that hand so badly, I wanna wish they had never seen me; so you had better do what you are told, you better listen to the radio."--Elvis Costello
So, nice way to get people exposed to your "music"--suing radio stations nice enough to play you. Maybe this is a viral thing, I don't know, but screw you, Mr. One.
who is KRS one and why should we care
Crap rapper. I just thought it funny that he’s biting the hand that feeds him. Acc to Wikipedia, his instruments are
vocals and turntable.
And even if you disagree with the sentiments, “Radio Song” is a pretty catchy tune. Go ahead, radio stations, play it.
See if he’ll sue ya.
nice spin on why nobody wants to play his junk
... have never heard of him, and i guess he likes it that way...
“Radio Song” is R.E.M’s third worst song next to “Shiny Happy People” and “Everybody Hurts”.
Apparently, he is some kind of young punk black rap-assthat thinks he’s all that.
Let’s watch him mouth off too much and get TuPac’d.....
Would that all rappers follow his lead!
I would think that a musician would want as many people to hear their music as possible...oh well, time to move on to something more important like what kind of way to use on my truck.
Hey, he stole my idea.
what kind of wax...that is ... :=D
It has been a very long time since R.E.M. was cool.
whomag indeed. Who or what is a KRS-One?
"Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey! Pull that bus over to the side of the pretentiousness turnpike, alright!? I want everybody off the bus. I want the shiny people over here, and the happy people over here, ok! I represent angry gun-toting meat-eating f----ng people, alright!" Sit down and shut the ---- up Michael!" - Dennis Leary
‘Radio Free Europe’ is still my favorite REM song. Haven’t liked much of anything they have done since.
Hmm, I actually do like it though...they kind of work the melody of “Nightswimming” into it at one point. Stipe and
fellow alternative-lifestyle singer Kate Pierson of the B52s sang “Shiny Happy Monsters” on Sesame Street, I read...
I’ll give you “Shiny Happy” and “Everybody Hurts”... “Radio Song” is tolerable, in comparison.
“Monster” and everything after that is pretty much un-listenable. “Reckoning” and “Fables of the Reconstruction” are still my favorites.
Not exactly young; in 07 his adult stepson committed suicide. KRS was born in 65 acc to Wikipedia; “Randy Hubbard Parker, stepson of KRS-One, was found dead in his Atlanta, Georgia apartment on July 6, 2007 in an apparent suicide; he was 23. Simone Parker, KRS-One’s wife and Randy’s mother, released a statement on July 10 that stated her son’s death was related to his continuous battle with “severe depression”. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office stated that Parker died of a gunshot wound to the head, and listed the cause of death as suicide”
That’s why it made me laugh. The fool.
After awhile I gave up on them but there early stuff could be good. In 88 I saw the first (Boston Garden) and last (Great Woods) shows of their Green tour.
One time on some kind of MTV awards show, Stipe was wearing about 6 different T shirts with politically correct statements on them and kept taking them off while spouting some kind
of deep thoughts.
oops, their I mean (typing fast, didn’t check!()
I never heard of this idiot (and don’t care) but, in case I’m not clear about this, he’s an idiot!!
“Would that all rappers follow his lead!”
I would sue radio stations if they played my songs too.
We ought a sue HIM if radio stations make us listen to his “music”...
I’ll take your word for it...as far as I’m concerned, I’d avoid this yokel like I would a dog turd on the sidewalk.
I’ll sue any radio station that plays his “music” too.
Lawrence Krisna Parker (born August 20, 1965), better known by his stage names KRS-One (a backronym for Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone, also, K, R, and S are letters from both his middle name and the name of the Hindu god, Krishna), and Teacha, is an American rapper of Jamaican descent. At the 2008 BET Awards, KRS-One was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for all his work and effort towards the Stop the Violence Movement as well as the overall pioneering of hip hop music and culture. KRS-One is also a vocal supporter of vegetarianism. In an interview with who-mag.net, KRS-One said he will sue radio stations that play his music.
Never heard of him and already forgot him. Hope he’s happy now.
KRS One is just sore that he could never play the Radio game the way Afrika Bambaataa did.
So he is trying to whip up some buzz without playing the game.
I see 4 songs by him in the company server. Sound Of The Police and Outta Here seem to be his two “hits”. Maybe they can do a theme weekend.
Actually KRS-One has been around for a long, long time. And I just don’t mean in pop culture time.
Early 90s... I remember that. Abortion, gay rights, global warming, AIDS, gun control... I forget the other one. That was the night Stipe became a full-blown cliche.
Marketing and promotion is: spendy. Everything on commercial radio is a commercial that someone has directly or indirectly paid the radio station to transmit, and that includes the music played. Only college radio stations play what they like, and even some of that is suspect. Because of smart phones the traditional commercial radio industry is losing significance.
I have a 45 of that on Hib-Tone records. Needless to say, they hadn’t made it big yet.
Saw them for free during the Piedmont (Park) Arts Festival way back when - in the daytime. Also saw them at the old 688 Club, which was just north of the Varsity.
Not to many people made it out of the Athens Ga scene, but it was fun while it lasted.
My Fave Ga underground band was The Coolies on DB records.
So too for KRS-One. His statement isn’t credible, in my opinion.
I don’t think he has been relevant since the 80’s
I remember hearing them on 88.5
The first LP was a riot!
Punk versions of Simon And Garfunkel. LOL
Clay Harper way an awkward lead vocalist, but it just worked.
“who is KRS one and why should we care”
Homey, KRS was “Born in Hip-Hop” that’s all you low information conservatives need to know. Truth to power man!
I know I am very much out of the loop, but is this “KRS One” somebody people have heard of before?
He is ancient history, trying to stay relevant.
Wiki sez his best selling solo album was released in ‘97. I wouldn’t know as I lost interest in rap/hip-hop some years before then. The gangsta thing killed my interest. Chuck D has become the worst sort of bore, but the early Public Enemy albums were good.
This has nothing to do with the “quality” or style of music.
It’s all about control. Your Costello lyric is spot on. The music industry has gone from taking control of the artists they promote, to losing control via, napster, bit torrent etc...
Artists are looking for ways to get exposure and make some money without the using the current royalty structure. While KRS may be simply expressing his frustration regarding the current system, the solution is nowhere to be found.
They can perform live, and find dozens of really bad reproductions on the Internet within a few hours. All with the hope that fans will buy a high quality version from them directly.
Back in the day. The Grateful Dead had a very similar problem. Illegal recordings of their live shows where everywhere. Folks got together and traded “for free” their tapes. Attempts to get higher quality recordings lead some to “tap into” the audio cables that where laid on the concert floor. The cumulative destruction of these cables lead them to “provide” easy access since they realized they couldn’t stop them.
Pearl Jam engaged in an epic battle with the recording industry as they made virtually all their live shows available dirt cheap.
It seems that the “Studio” artist is screwed since once published, their content will be free within hours.
It may be that the only way for an artist to be fairly compensated is through ticket sales and their ability to both but on a show and fill a venue.
“He’s so famous he’s INfamous” - Ned Nederlander, The Three Amigos.
I lost interest in Hip Hop and Ska when it all morphed into Gangsta rap.
Hip Hop and Ska were Ok in the 80s
They are dead now, and Gangsta rap has become a monster.
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