KRS-One Bashes Hot 97, Funkmaster Flex & Angie Martinez

KRS-One says Hip Hop has changed from a pastime to a worldwide profession, speaks on self-worth.

South Bronx rapper and Hip Hop pioneer KRS-One had a few choice words for a handful of current and former employees at the New York City-based radio station Hot 97. He recalled being banned from the radio station by former Hot 97 programmer Tracy Cloherty, being hung up on by Street Soldiers’ Lisa Evers, and more.

He also stated that Angie Martinez, who resigned from her position at Hot 97 last week, “forgot her roots” at one point.

“When Funkmaster Flex stopped playing my music for no reason,” KRS-One said. “And when Angie Martinez forgot her roots. And I don’t know if y’all know this woman, but her name is Tracy Cloherty. Well, she banned me from the station. And Lisa Evers, Street Soldiers, hung up on me live on air. Because I said they said—This is when Foxy Brown and Lil Kim had their little shootout in front of Hot 97 and they had us on the air. And I said ‘Y’all the ones that promoted that shit.’ All day long ‘Gun, gun, gun.’ All day long ‘Murder, murder, murder’…There’s something called a balance. In the morning when our kids are going to school that’s not the time to play ‘killing, shooting, nigga, bitch, and fuck.’”

After airing out his thoughts on Hot 97, KRS-One spoke on self-worth and the nature of today’s Hip Hop. He says the genre has gone from a pastime to a worldwide profession.

“When you know your self-worth,” he said. “And you read and you ask questions and you study and you travel. You become free. But the cost of freedom is that you’re not gonna be in the mainstream. You’re not gonna be on the cover of every magazine…Years ago they told us ‘Make sure you get a college degree in case your rap career don’t work out. You got something to fall back on.’ Today, ‘Make sure you can rap in case your degree don’t [work out]’…It’s been 25, 30 years. Rap is no longer a pastime, this is a worldwide profession.”

Last year, KRS-One offered a similar critique of mainstream radio stations and even threatened to sue any station that chose to play his music.

"If the radio ever played my music, I would sue them," he said during an interview with whomag.net last September. "And they know it, which is why they don’t play my music. If you play KRS, I’ll sue you. Straight up. I don’t even want my music on mainstream radio. They don’t deserve it. They destroy careers."

Video of KRS-One's rant can be found below (via IndieHipHop.net).

For more information on Hot 97, watch the video below:

 

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71 Comments

  • Afi K. James

    KRS was right to diss Shot 97, especially punk ass flex, this is the same flex who's dissed the late pac many years ago, he deserves his karma

  • Anonymous

    Whats with the "RANT" description tho? He is speaking, not ranting. Stop the foolishness.

  • Anonymous

    The majority don't have that, but answer me this. Does 50 have more money than Jimmy Lovine? Did DMX make more than Def Jam all those years? A distribution deal for 50 cent in 2014 is useless. Means less than Banks depressed look every time they take a photo together. I can't debate with a retard nigga.

  • Anonymous

    "ANY OTHER thing the artists does to get money while signed (endorsements, movies, etc) they get the bigger cut. White man will always make his money even when minorities help kill their own culture" That's life, genius. Why would a label sign an artist and allow them to make more money than they do? Fact still remains plenty of artists made millions and lived a life they never could have dreamed of if it weren't for that contract. The problem is when people start making money they start self destructing at the same time. That's when labels remind them who's boss.

    • Anonymous

      No pussy, they have things called press and distribution deals where the artist controls their product and makes more than a conventional contract It means they make more money than the label bitch. You cant google experience f#ckboy and why you always fail

  • ILL

    I agree with this negro to a certain point, other then that, fuck KRS-One!

  • son of a sax

    KRS has always had the power of persuasion. Whut he says, we believe and never question(ed)it. Now, im not doubting or going against whut he sayin. Im a huge fan of Kris and will never doubt his contribution and legacy to the culture. But I can't fully ride with him on this one. True, radio has played a huge part in destroying hiphop, but at whut point are we going to put sum of the responsibility on the artist/label?!?! The radios job is to play music the people ask for. No different than its McD job to serve the food...the people ask for. And now with the different media options and technology, were not forced to just listen to the radio. The labels are the puppetmaster and the artist are the puppet. The radio is just the stage. And until the artist/label decide to stop putting out b.s and start producing suthin with substance. The radio will continue to be that platform for the new age menstral show.

    • @son

      Minstrel or meunstral? Great double entrende

    • Anonymous

      I've been saying this for a while, you gerbils don't pick radio rotation songs, y'all follow what social media says is hot And labels are heavily invested in social media creating "grassroots" campaigns of signed and shelved artists Learn about astroturfing

    • son of a sax

      In the words of Marie Antionette... then "let them eat cake"!!!

    • Anonymous

      This is the Era of the passive consumer, they're not giving people the music they want. Their slamming that shit down people's throats, and their grateful for whatever slop their given.

  • Anonymous

    I was in chicago once and krs one was scheduled to perform. When he arrived, 80 mobsters blocked his entrance and then he got scared and headed back.

    • Anonymous

      Delufuckingsional, Krs-One ain't Rick Ross, he would ahve steamrolled on those pussies you mentioned.

    • j

      what does that have to do with anything? we talking lack of quality in what hot 97 is presenting and how they are creating a negative element. you must be a customer.

  • @TheArtistEsq

    Wow. A lot of wisdom right there.

  • Anonymous

    "When Funkmaster Flex stopped playing my music for no reason... "If the radio ever played my music, I would sue them..." KRS-One... A great MC, but not a great guy.

  • Anonymous

    Or maybe they stopped playing your music and promoting you because you threatened to sue them if they played your music and promoted you?

  • Anonymous

    history has repeated itself. Another black genre inflitrated by the outsiders and now the outsiders think their opinions and so called facts represent Hip Hop, trying to take over live a virus.

  • Anonymous

    Standing up for Chuck D. Wack ass radio station. F rosenberg, while I'm here. You don't get at Chuck D.

  • Anon

    Who is this burnt jiqqa boo talking....is he from NYC?

    • Anonymous

      he need a nose job

    • d3

      you gotta be fuckin kidding me.. Yo DX, is it possible to ban all these uneducated, unacquainted, ignorant, know-nothing 2000's babies from the site completely? Cuz by no means should these dudes claim to be fans of hip hop, nor should they even be allowed to associate themselves with the culture. Idc if you're a fan of what he does or not, you should KNOW who the fuck KRS-One is.

    • Anonymous

      He's a legend you moron

  • beta

    Blah blah blah blah KRS-1. I was born in 1980. Now these guys are coming out the woodworks to diss hot 97. why i do not hear the other music genres older folks complaining the same way. this is what you get when you build an ultra competitive culture. the old guard disses the young and is not working with them. thats why they sound bitter even though they make valid points. Hot 97 shouldnt even respond to this we will forget about this next week.

    • BETA

      nah. but ive meet him last year at the souls of mischief concert, seems like a genuine hip hop fan. anyways, why only call out hot 97 when all the hiphop stations play the same music.

    • Anonymous

      Hello Peter Rosenberg.

  • Anonymous

    Cornball ribbon for calling it a rant

  • Harlem's Reckoning

    The Teacher. The biggest culprits are the fans. That's who gives radio stations power.

  • Anonymous

    Old bitter man mad cause hip hop became a billion dollar industry while he was memorizing the dictionary.

    • Anonymous

      Someone made it their WHORE!!!

    • Anonymous

      memorizing the dictionary? he isn't that kind of rapper. you obvious have no clue what you are talking about fool.

    • Anonymous

      Funny is it's only a billion dollar industry for the Jewish guys running the show. bum ass fans started stealing the music so they started giving 360 deals out so that even if the album doesn't sell, ANY OTHER thing the artists does to get money while signed (endorsements, movies, etc) they get the bigger cut. White man will always make his money even when minorities help kill their own culture.

  • Anonymous

    "Theres something called a balance. In the morning when our kids are going to school thats not the time to play killing, shooting, nigga, bitch, and fuck." Preach.

    • Anonymous

      Anon@2 Is that you Rosenberg/fag?

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous #3 mega neutron BOMBED the c-section

    • Anonymous

      Legendary remains relevant! I knew I would see lost souls speaking on the Legend like they created their own way of living.

    • Harlem's Reckoning

      KRS-One's relevance in Hip Hop is cemented. He will always be relevant in this culture. Where in anything that was said do you gather that he's bitter about relevance?

    • Anonymous

      That part is very true. But, he's also bitter that he's no longer relevant in today's rap world. He, of all people, should understand the shelf-life for most artists is very narrow.

  • Hip Hop is dead

    white people killed it!!

    • Anonymous

      BS, I go to plenty of shows, the shade of the crowd gets darker the more ignorant the artist is; keep pointing fingers, that will get you somewhere

    • Anonymous

      ^ Who's tuning in to listen though?

    • Anonymous

      Who decides to put Trinidad James on and give him visibility and his music rotation though? That's the mainly white owned corporate parent companies with mainly white shareholders setting the playlist and pandering to the common denominator.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, no; the Trinidad James' of the rap world are killing rap. In other words, blacks who play into the minstrel show of self-suppressive ignorant garbage. If anything, the white audience allowed hip-hop to grow immensely in terms of financial opportunity. The problem is, instead of turning that opportunity into a valuable culture, black rappers have to rap, "nigga, nigga, nigga, bitch, bitch, bitch, hoe, hoe, hoe, I'll kill you." No one is twisting their arm; no one is telling black rappers to act this way. This is an internal self-suppressive culture, whereby white owned record labels are making big money off of black ignorance.

  • IROC

    KRS allways on point rap is one lane pure ignorance fake thugs homo thugs over sex garbage lyrics clowns and dummies

  • Anonymous

    RAP IS WACK RIP HIP HOP 1978-2000

  • Anonymous

    soon as this man talk sense yall call him old

  • blkmoves

    Dam, ya'll should have let that play.

  • Anonymous

    He is right they all killed hip hop with all that murder, murder, kill, kill and bitch, bitch and money, money and Hoes, these day you cant even hear a rap song with all the nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    What does Lord Jamal think about all of this?

  • Anonymous

    these new hip hop heads are all about commercialism, but really its about staying rooted without sacrificing to bring in that larger audience, but the people marketing this shit have sold a people and a whole hip hop culture out for their own aspirations and greed.

  • S Mogul

    Late with posting this video, it's from 8/11/13 but the message is still there. I guess now that Hot 97 is going through their transistion yall felt the need to put it up. KRS-ONE still the illest. BX Stand Up!

  • son of a sax

    KRS!!! LOL!!! You gotta love'em!!!

  • Anonymous

    realest rapper alive.

  • jknjknj

    I disagree with a lot of shit KRS says but I have to agree with him here. Fuck Flex, Angie and Hot97

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    I'm ridin' with the teacher. Hip-Hop needs awareness so bad right now, and it's like the so-called 'hip-hop' stations are fighting AGAINST it. If blame was to be handed out to all the people who have turned hip-hop into a cesspool of negativity and sleeze, the DJs and radio stations would get the lion's share. And don't give me that 'they just play what people demand to hear' shit, because we know that if the radio plays something 30 times a day, no matter how wack it is, people will start demanding it. You gotta mix some vegetables in with the junkfood you're feeding these kids, or they'll all gonna be unhealthy eventually, then you won't ever want anything healthy. Peace.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, new dudes are not going to speak on it cause they are so scared. they are scared to speak out for fear of backlash.

  • Anonymous

    KRS-One the Legend.

  • POPE

    FULTON AVE.! SOUTH BRONX! BDP!

  • insanemacbeth

    well said, T'CHA.

  • Frosty

    Respect to KRS-ONE, knowledge truly reigns supreme. Fuck Hot 97 and Power 105.

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