Jay Z and Nas? 50 and Killa Cam? Kanye vs. the World? We’ve all heard about the hip-hop feud, but here comes a new wrinkle—instead of two rappers who’ve got beef, it’s one legendary MC vs. one unassuming journalist. During a recent interview with MP3.com, KRS-One, one half of seminal crew Boogie Down Productions and one of the foremost historians of all things hip-hop, lashed out against writer Jeff Chang and his book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation.
Chang’s 2005 book is considered to be one of the primary sources of knowledge on the origins of hip-hop, featuring interviews with Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, and DJ Kool Herc, but not, coincidently, KRS-One. Here’s what KRS had to say about Chang’s book:
“Let me throw Jeff Chang in …
This is a great story in the nation's ongoing disgust with hip-hop as these billboards, up around Chicago, are making mainstream media waves and funded by a local church. But trash is so much more fun on the dancefloor…and you know what we think of Weezy. Oh, the irony of the St. Sabina Church paying Clear Channel to rent out those billboards. Our list would look like this:
* Enrique Iglesias ft. Lil Wayne
* Jeff Goldbloom
* Dave Matthews and his shit leaking tour bus
* Billboards denouncing rap around the Chicago metropolitan area
* San Antonio Spurs (especially Bruce Bowen & Robert Horry)
The night I was most looking forward to has now ended. It is the one I like best because I'm really into '80s soul and there's no pressure to play hits since it was a Monday night at a smaller spot. Whoever said the West Side sucks should come to this night. I've written about it before, but I gotta say what's up to the DJs who hold it down regularly: Billy, Ron and Dam Funk. Three great ears. Dam did a remix for Baron Zen that came out on our WMC box set a couple months ago and is recording some new stuff hopefully for my label, Stones Throw, as well. The day was a long one as I went into the studio earlier and worked on one of Guilty Simpson's new …
Well, it finally started. The tour I've been waiting for. I appreciate the fact that I'm going back to Europe in 2 weeks and that I was in Japan again last week, but this is the tour I've really been anticipating. Day 1 was definitely an interesting start. To begin with, I got to share the decks with my main homeboy DJ Sweet Steve (AKA Baron Zen) who I've been friends with forever and started my DJing with when we were kids. (Check out the DJ Chris and DJ Steve best of 1983 mix that we did back then if you get a chance.) Steve flew out for the weekend cuz we did a Baron Zen music video for a track of his I remixed yesterday. That's another story altogether though.
So today, …