In hip-hop the competition to be No. 1 can cause strife among mic combatants. Still, there have been moments of unity where the greater good calls for an act of selflessness. On this Martin Luther King Jr., holiday XXL looks at two of the greatest moments of rap unity. This is deeper than rap.
The brainchild of rap legend KRS-One, Stop The Violence Movement, was an ensemble of rap all-stars that spurred inner city youth to participate in a crusade to end black on black violence. The group’s 1989 single “Self Destruction” not only provided words of wisdom for rap fans, but all the proceeds from the hit song went to various urban foundations.
Who: (In order of appearance)
KRS-One, MC DeLite (Stetasonic), Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Wise and Daddy-O (Stetasonic), D-Nice, Ms. Melodie, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, Frukwan (Stetasonic), Chuck D & Flavor Flav (Public Enemy)
Where They At Now:
KRS-One – 22 years later Knowledge Reigns Supreme is still schooling rap heads with his proactive brand of hip-hop.
Stetasonic – On his last Facebook wall post, dated July 12, 2010, one of the group’s founding members MC Delite wrote, “…spread the word…we’re coming back.” Let us know if you’ve seen ’em.
Kool Moe Dee – The unflappable wordsmith has been active in acting and politics since delivering his emphatic rhyme on the 1989 jam.
MC Lyte – You can still catch the firebrand femcee in action at a show rocking her memorable hits or on the turntables spinning classic cuts for fun.
D-Nice – The rapper/DJ has since added hip-hop photographer to his resume. Peep his handy work at www.dnicegallery.com.
Ms. Melodie – The first lady of Boogie Down Productions isn’t active in rap these days.
Doug E. Fresh – The human beat box isn’t hard to find. When he’s not rocking shows throughout the world, you can catch him at his new eatery in Harlem, “Doug E.’s Fresh Chicken & Waffles.”
Just-Ice – The Facebook fan page for the Brooklyn rapper is filled with fanatics who want new material from the “Original Gangster of Hip-Hop.”
Heavy D – Follow the Heavster on Twitter @heavyd. He’s still dropping words of wisdom, in 140 characters or less of course.
Chuck D & Flava Flav – One’s currently a political activist the other may still be actively pursuing love in his life.