Photo Gallery and Show Review: KRS-One Live in Boston

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The sweaty downstairs hallow of the Middle East Club warmly welcomed KRS-One and his messianic message with sold out love. Calling it “hip-hop perfection,” the Blastmaster noted three reasons for what made this night special: concert promoter Leedz graciously met KRS-One on arrival, sound engineering gave quality control of monitor levels, and proper pours from mixologists behind the bar.

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Folks in the front row who brought red bound copies of KRS-One’s Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument exemplified the strong Boston and Cambridge support. As their books waived from side to side, it was as if a library had dropped in for some classic cuts. For the first half of the show, KRS-One hustled through his expansive collection of BDP hits (“Bridge is Over,” “South Bronx”) and taught some Hip-Hop 101 by channeling 2Pac and Wu-Tang flows for quick covers. Never pausing, the MC shifted from style to style and bounded across the stage with energy unexpected from a 48-year-old lyricist.

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Unfortunately, the closing section of the set bogged down with early audience exits and a side rapper who disregarded KRS-One’s sermons in favor of “smacking folks.” As part of KRS One’s transformation into a philosopher, between songs he addressed topics ranging from technology’s grip on humanity to immigration policy, and demonstrated the definition of edutainment: becoming the perfect conductor for traveling back to the Boom Bap era.

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Where: Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
When: April 17, 2014

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