Legendary rapper KRS-One is performing in Cincinnati this week.
The influential, pioneering Hip Hop artist is scheduled to appear at OTR Live in Over-the-Rhine on Friday, Feb. 21. Local artists Sons of Silverton and DJ Pillo will also perform at the 10 p.m. show. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Advanced tickets are available via otrlivemusic.com.
With his philosophical, political and socially-minded lyrical daggers, KRS-One emerged from The Bronx in the mid-’80s with Boogie Down Productions, whose 1987 album Criminal Minded is a cornerstone Hip Hop classic. BDP's DJ Scott La Rock was shot and killed during the making of the album's follow-up, By All Means Necessary, leaving KRS to carry on the project for a couple more albums before recording under his own name beginning with 1993's Return of the Boom Bap.
He's released albums fairly consistently ever since, most recently dropping Street Light: The First Edition, which his website says "celebrates that hard boom-bap city sound made exclusively for clubs and cars — and fans of KRS-One."
In 2018, KRS shared a video "about the history of Black History," filmed at the UK's International Slavery Museum.