KRS-ONE, Paramount, Santa Fe, NM
@ National Portrait Gallery
DescriptionBorn Brooklyn, New YorkHip hop star Kris Parker-known popularly as "KRS-One," for "Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone"-is both a critically acclaimed emcee and a respected activist working to further nonviolent conflict resolution. Since 1987, he has released nineteen albums. His music has evolved stylistically over time and shows the influence of many sources, including reggae and gospel. Yet what has remained consistent has been his commitment for using hip hop to teach and to empower others. In 1988 he helped develop the "Stop the Violence" campaign to address the crisis of violence in America. Although his statements have sometimes precipitated controversy, his thought-provoking lyrics and his message about social responsibility continue to resonate. As a testament to his work, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 BET Awards. David Scheinbaum's portrait pictures Parker during a performance in 2002.
Gelatin Silver Print
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution