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Written by: Kool Kim
Here’s the debut post from new Unkut.com contributor, Kool Kim of the UMC’s:
KRS-One is a FUCKING LIAR. Word is bond, I was there. Not only was I there, I was the person that INTRODUCED PM Dawn on stage. I was standing there at the back of the stage flirting with their dancers
WORD, this dude KRS-One is a fraud. He claims to be HIP HOP, but he’s just another bully. I never told this story – even when asked to by The Source right after it happened. I never spoke on it, because Haas asked me to stay out of it, he didn’t want us to be involved with the beef. So I kept my mouth shut. But today I just got a link to that radio interview, and when I look at the happenstance in retrospect and I consider the ramifications of what KRS did…I feel compelled to break my silence.
Lemme tell you why:
I’m there like 20 deep, it’s at the Sound Factory on 28th Street near The Tunnel night club (just in case yall think i’m lying). It’s T-Money‘s birthday party and they got us and D-Nice hosting the event. I’m like bet to that. We get to intro dudes – shit was a good look. Plus for me, I used to dance to House music back when that was hot at the Sound Factory years before so it was a real homecoming.
It’s all good, we party up, and then…it’s time for PM Dawn to hit the stage. Now the trippy shit is that everyone was acting like these cats was wack and they wouldn’t get any love…and if i remember correct D-Nice ain’t want to intro them cause he was on some BS. In any event I decide to intro them ’cause we had met months before at a taping of Dance Party USA (that was a dance show that would come on back in the day). I met them and kinda gave them the cold shoulder cause I felt they were on some bullshit, until Prince B just shouted me out on some real brotherly love stuff – really humbled me yo…word. Gave my album and my crew mad love, and I felt bad. So I figure in my mind: “Lemme give these cats the very best intro i can”. So I go on stage and do my lil’ “one two” intro, and to my surprise the audience got hyped over the fact that it was PM Dawn coming to the stage…word…it bugged me out.
And they got on stage and ripped it! They did “Reality Used To Be A Friend of Mine” first, and then they were about to go into “Set Adrift”. So right before then he asks the crowd if they like what he was doing – dudes and broads was giving them MAD love – damn it is like it was yesterday, I’ll never forget this. They start pumping “Set Adrift…” and I step to rear stage left, and the dancers are dancing in a circle with their backs to one another. This light skin cutie was giving me the eye, and all I could think about was how nasty I was gonna screw this chick.
Now lemme back track – out the corner of my eye I am noting a mass of BIG GIANT MEN (now at the time I aint but like 5 foot 7 140, so if you ever been that size you know when you see them 6 foot 6 dudes that weigh in at 240 and shit, them cats make you feel like a lil’ boy) well he had a gang of them cats with him. When I say a GANG, I mean a true Hit squad – I’m talking about 20-30 dudes easy. Naaah hold up, real talk – I can honestly recall from my mental image – a good 15-20 dudes for sure. All in black hoodies or black shirts. So as this cat starts singing the song. He just about to say the part “Set Adrift of Memory Bli…” and they were on that dude like I don’t know what – and here my ass is standing on the stage, bugging. Now PM Dawn was Prince B and his brother Minute Mix and about 4 dancers, word, that’s it. No one else was on that stage except my ass – WORD TO LIFE.
This cat snatches the mic outta sons hands, and you can see PB tryna peace the dude on some “Easy going let’s talk it out stuff”. KRS 1 starts beating the poor dude upside his head with the mic! Boop! Bop! Boop! Boop! (the mic was on, lol) and then HE pushed the dude off stage, and then the crowd started taking shots at son. He throws the peace sign up and just leaves – like a man. For real I have to say I have mad respect for Prince B he held his like a man with conviction. At the same time KRS’ team just does away with the dancers and Minute Mix got shoved off the stage so hard that he just sort of shot off to the side sort of like when you go to some office and they have them balls on a string and if you pick one up and let it swing the kenitic force drives thru the other 6 balls and the seventh shoots up…it was trippy like that. I never really seen a human being get moved like that.
Then right after that, as if on cue (real fucking coincidence) the DJ scratched the PM Dawn record (and you could hear the SCCCCCCRRRREEEEEEEEEE) and next thing you know you hear that unforgettable intro to “The Bridge Is Over”. That came on and the crowd went bazerk!!!! It was pure pandamonium. He start hitting that “Bridge” chorus but he was hitting with “the Dawn is over the Dawn is over”. Honestly it was amazing, I can’t front. Right there at that moment he had orchestrated the most hardcore illest MC dream of snatching an MC off his set and ripping the crowd.
When the song finished, the dude dropped the mic and rushed the front of the stage with his team – mowed thru the crowd and security – and out the rear doors, which I NEVER saw opened until that moment. The crowd was insane – fights broke out and security was wylin out on folks – and just then DJ Clark Kent tosses on “They Want EFX” from Das for the first time. People never heard this song till then.
I grab the mic and start yelling “Jump! Jump! Jump!” to get the crowd focused somewhere else. Crazy…
But let me tell you, before the punk ass non-thinkers jump online and jump on his dick, that was some foul ass shit, ’cause at the same time if I am correct – and I am pretty sure I am – KRS had REAL beef with King Sun. When he disrespected the 5% Nation and them brothers was gonna FUCK HIM UP, that dude got real philisophical and when he had beef with them PRT Jerzee dudes that dude ain’t have SHIT to say to them. He ain’t throw a muffugga off the stage with them cats. But OHHHHH Prince B – he gonna roll mob heavy on them guys, and they soft – and that’s not a disrespect to them – they’re soft, Prince B is a pacifist. He ain’t gonna be a fight for KRS! So now where was the debate at? Where was “the teacher”? That nigga aint a teacher. In fact, he the reason why HIP HOP is fucked up now, ’cause right after that niggas went CRAZY tryna replicate that crap. Mad fights and people getting jumped, it changed the face of the music ’cause dudes were tryna toughen up to show that they weren’t soft either. 14 years later – look what we got:
A bunch of savages.
And that was the lesson that “the Teacher” really taught us.
KRS-ONE – Hip Hop SUCKS because YOU!
UPDATE: KRS-One’s interview with The Source where he talks about the incident.
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