Chicagomuzik

I've got a whole city to hold down

October 18, 2004

Train leaves station, Trib still at curb

You've probably heard about the comments made by KRS-One during an Oct. 2 panel of politically minded musicians sponsored by the New Yorker. (KRS said he cheered the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and added that voting in America only implicates the voter in government corruption; the New York Daily News article that broke this story is the third item here.)

And you would think that those in attendance at the Friday KRS gig at Metro would be waiting for him to address those remarks and their fallout.

To hear it from Trib freelancer Matthew Lurie, the erstwhile Kris Parker did, in fact, let fly with "a rambling, deeply inspired speech" that "re-addressed some of his recent controversial remarks on the usefulness of voting for minorities. ... KRS' uninhibited stream of ideas were refreshing."

Unfortunately Lurie doesn't bother to share with his readers what, exactly, was so inspired and refreshing.

To these eyes, the original comments were ignorant, harmful, even hateful. So we'd sure as sharpshooters like to know how KRS managed to dig himself out of his slimy hole. Too bad Lurie's not telling.

And it's not like he's too busy talking about the performance to share a couple lines of what he says is divine rhetoric: apart from the names of two songs KRS did, Lurie's recap includes zero insight on the music portion of the show. Hey, gotta talk about KRS' history - and what he wore Friday, and the hangers-on who crowded onstage, and the opening act, and ...

Gah. To continue infuriating yourself, read this (muddled, self-serving) "response" from KRS to the Daily News at AllHipHop.