[[caption-width-right:220:So... you're a philosopher?]]

->''Allow me to include I have a very stable mood''
->''Poetic education of a high altitude''
->''I'm not an MC, so listen, call me poet or musician''
->''A genius when it comes to making music with ambition''
--> --"Criminal Minded"

KRS-One (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone), born Lawrence Krisna Parker (1965-), is an American hip-hop artist known for his use of philosophical and socially conscious themes in his music.

KRS-One was born in Brooklyn, New York, and left home at the age of sixteen to become an MC, and eventually came to live in a homeless center. While there he began doing graffiti using the moniker KRS-One, and also while there he met Scott Sterling, a.k.a. DJ Scott [=LaRock=], with whom he would eventually form the hip hop group BDP (Boogie Down Productions). In 1987 the duo released their debut album ''Criminal Minded'', an album widely considered to be one of the best in hip-hop history.

Then, in 1987, DJ Scott [=LaRock=] was fatally shot in an altercation with a local gang, profoundly affecting the young KRS-One. He would go on to release the album ''By All Means Necessary'', a markedly different album from ''Criminal Minded'' that would cement his image as a more thoughtful hip-hop artist, in stark opposition to many artists of the day. Future records would become increasingly more political as he adopted the moniker ''The Teacha'', a name he took up in keeping with what he viewed as his place in hip-hop, to teach people.

In 2008 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from BET as a pioneer of hip-hop music and for his efforts with ''Stop The Violence'', a movement named for its goal of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin stopping the violence]] in hip hop.

!!KRS-One albums (the ones in '''Bold''' are with Boogie Down Productions)
* '''Criminal Minded''' (1987)
* '''By All Means Necessary''' (1988)
* '''Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop''' (1989)
* '''Edutainment''' (1990)
* '''Live Hardcore Worldwide''' (1991)
* '''Sex and Violence''' (1992)
* ''Return of the Boom Bap'' (1993)
* ''KRS-One'' (1995)
* ''I Got Next'' (1997)
* ''The Sneak Attack'' (2001)
* ''Spiritual Minded'' (2002)
* ''Prophets Vs. Profits'' (2002)
* ''Kristyles'' (2003)
* ''Keep Right'' (2004)
* ''Life'' (2006)
* ''Hip Hop Lives'' (w/Marley Marl) (2007)
* ''Adventures in Emceein'' (2008)
* ''Maximum Strength'' (2008)
* ''Survival Skills'' (w/Buckshot) (2009)
* ''Meta-Historical'' (w/True Master) (2010)
* ''Godsville'' (w/Showbiz)(2011)
* ''Royalty Check'' (w/Bumpy Knuckles) (2011)
* ''' The BDP Album''' (2012)
* ''The World Is MIND'' (2017)

!! "Tropes Reign Supreme Over Nearly Everyone":
* AnAesop: When in "The Teacha" mode, KRS does raps like "Love's Gonna Getcha" (not letting materialism get the best of you), "Jimmy" (use a condom to avoid [=STDs=]), "Beef" [[MeatVersusVeggies (meat is bad, consider vegetarianism)]] or "Stop The Violence" (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin).
* AlbumTitleDrop: Played with on ''Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip Hop''. Three tracks make up the title... "Ghetto Music", "The Blueprint" and (somewhat) "Hip Hop Rules".
* ArtImitatesArt: For the cover of ''By All Means Necessary'', KRS strikes the famous pose of UsefulNotes/MalcolmX looking out the window while holding a gun.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: In "Blackman in Effect", KRS-One quotes Matthew 7:1 in the King James Version of Literature/TheBible.
* TheAtoner: He became this to some extent after the death of his partner Scott [=LaRock=], releasing numerous albums decrying the ubiquitous presence of violence in hip-hop.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The point of the song ''Love's Gonna Getcha''.
* BigApplesauce
** [[BrooklynRage Bronx Rage]]: "South Bronx" dissed the Juice Crew for claiming that rap started in Queens instead of in the Bronx.
* BoastfulRap: Does this sometimes.
* CallBack: He frequently references lines from older songs in newer ones, such as his callback to ''The Bridge Is Over'' and ''My Philosophy'' on his verse for ''The Anthem''.
* TheCasanova: Scott La Rock, in "Super Hoe"
* CatchPhrase: Quite a few, most notably "Di-di di-da, di di-di, dida di-day!"
** "FRESH for [insert year here], ya SUCKAAAAS!"
* CharityMotivationSong: KRS and his Stop The Violence Movement put together "Self Destruction", which featured rappers like Kool Moe Dee, Stetsasonic, Music/PublicEnemy, Heavy D, MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh rapping about combatting black-on-black violent crime.
* DivineRaceLift: In "Why Is That?", KRS presents the argument that early Biblical figures were actually black, such as Shep and Abraham among others.
* DrugsAreBad: "Illegal Business"
* [[{{Duck}} Duck Down!]]
* FunWithAcronyms: Inverted, since "KRS-ONE" stands for ''Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone," though it originally meant "Kris #1"
* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHipHop
* {{Medley}}: The video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp2XN9Az_1g "Return Of The Boom Bap"]] is actually a promo for the entire album, with almost all of the tracks mixed together. The "I Can't Wake Up" portion was {{Bowdlerise}}d to remove the "blunt" references. (KRS makes that known loud and clear in the video.)
* NWordPrivileges: Though he doesn't use it that often, save to prove a point (like in "House Niggas").
* NightmareSequence: "I Can't Wake Up" (As in, "I'm a blunt getting smoked and I can't wake up!")
* {{Poetry}}: "Poetry"
* PoliceBrutality: "Sound Of Tha Police". KRS even goes so far as to compare police officers to slave drivers.
* PoliticalRap
* RapMetal: Dipped into this with "Just To Prove A Point" on the ''I Got Next'' album.
** An earlier example: the use of AC/DC's "Back In Black" on "Dope Beat" (off ''Criminal Minded'').
* RatedGForGangsta: A bit of a variation: one of the creators of Hardcore Hip Hop, he made one of the genre's defining albums with ''Criminal Minded'', but went through a bit of a spiritual crisis after his friend and DJ Scott [=LaRock=] was murdered. His music eventually became a lot less gangsta and a lot more Christian: he actually released an album called ''Spiritual Minded''.
* RearrangeTheSong: There are many tracks where you'll hear some familiar melodies sung by KRS:
** "Criminal Minded" kicks off with a take on [[Music/TheBeatles "Hey Jude"]].
** "The Bridge Is Over" spoofs [[Music/BillyJoel "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll To Me"]] at the end.
** There's a little ode to [[Music/StevieWonder "Ebony]] & [[Music/PaulMcCartney Ivory"]] at the start of "100 Guns".
** The chorus in "Jimmy" is sung to the tune of Music/{{Wings}}' "Let 'Em In".
** The hook to "Drug Dealer" is a take on "This Old Man".
* RedBaron: "The Blastmaster" and "The Teacha".
* RefugeInAudacity: The music video for "Real Terrorism", his collaboration with rapper Greenie, drew controversy for featuring some very... ''graphic'' images of U.S. atrocities throughout history.
* TheRival: He and MC Shan could be considered this.
* {{Sampling}}: "Dope Beat" uses Music/{{ACDC}}'s "Back in Black".
** "Ya Slippin'" samples "Smoke On The Water" by Music/DeepPurple.
* ShoutOut: One to Music/{{Nas}} with his album ''Hip Hop Lives''.
* TakeThat: To several members of the Juice crew on ''Criminal Minded'', most notably on the song "The Bridge Is Over". More recently with Nelly, though they have apparently quelled the beef for the most part.
* WarriorPoet: He is very much a part of the hip-hop battle scene, as his beefs with the Juice Crew and Nelly have become things of legend. That said, he almost always has a tendency to return to his political and philosophical roots.
* WhamLine: "You Must Learn (Remix)" traces thousands of years of "ignorance, stupidity and tears" as all leading to the definitive horror of the 20th Century:
-->"According to his idiotic spoutin'\\
The purest whites were from the Caucus Mountains\\
J A Blofener, and H S Chamberlain\\
Both supported this outrageous racism\\
This went on to what the master race should be\\
And why they killed the Jews in Germany"
* AWildRapperAppears: He collaborated with Music/{{REM}}, rapping on their single "Radio Song"
-->What are you sayin', what are you playin'\\
Who are you obeyin', day out and day in?\\
Baby, baby, baby BABY! That stuff is drivin' me crazy!
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