KRS-One Threatens To Sue Radio Stations That Play His Music

posted Friday September 13 ,2013 at 11:00AM CDT | 148 comments

KRS-One Threatens To Sue Radio Stations That Play His Music

KRS-One says, "If the radio ever played my music, I would sue them."

KRS-One recently addressed mainstream radio stations during an interview where he was asked why he "never went mainstream."

"If the radio ever played my music, I would sue them," KRS-One said in a recent interview with whomag.net. "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."   

"Here’s a secret," KRS continued. "I’m going to drop a jewel on you right now. Less is more. Small is big. Marketing and promotion is shit. Physics, mathematics, and cosmology. Why do we breathe? What is oxygen? This is the truth. I only want the truth. I existed before the mainstream. Why would I join them? I watched the mainstream come up and now I’m watching it collapse. I don’t want to be a part of that. I was born in Hip Hop. That’s all I ever needed. That’s it.

"As long as I do that, the devil can’t get me on any angle," KRS continued. "I’m faster than the devil. Always. Now, how do you know? You have to go to hell first. You cant just say your better than the devil just out your mouth. No, face the devil face-to-face and tell him, 'God has arrived. Now here’s what you are going to do.' And you direct the devil. Only if you’re God though. What does that mean? Jive Records dropped everybody in 1999, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, everybody. They signed Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and N'Sync and got rid of their entire Rap roster. I went to Warner Bros. I asked God, 'What I should do?'  He said, 'Go to California.'  I went to California. I linked up with my man who was A&R of another label in Cali who I met at Columbia. He quit Columbia and went to Warner Bros. I went to Warner Bros. He made me Head of A&R for Warner Bros., actually of Reprise Records, but since it was Warner Bros., the whole label bugged out." 

One of KRS-One's most celebrated songs, 1997's "Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)," was released on KRS' I Got Next album via JIVE.

On "Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)," KRS-One discusses his views on "marketing and promotion."

"Yo, I'm strictly 'bout skills and dope lyrical coastin'," KRS says on the song. "Relying on talent, not marketing and promotion." 

Beyond this, the song's first verse also features KRS' thoughts regarding record labels.

"Stop wastin' your money on marketing schemes," KRS says on the track. "And pretty packages pushin dreams to the fiends / A dope emcee is a dope emcee / With or without a record deal, all can see / And that's who KRS be, son / I'm not the run of mill, cause for the mill I don't run." 

The video for the song, now featured on KRS-One's homepage, can be seen below.  

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  • jack johnson
    hahahaha this guy is such an ego maniac he really thinks the reason he doesn't get played is because the radio stations think he'll sue them. Yeah right
  • Anonymous
    wasn't he mainstream at one point
  • Anonymous
    "and only his 10 fans will buy it" 888,000 people paid for the Just A Dream digital download in its first week. Did Meta historical even push 5k? lol
  • Dr. A
    I have looked up to, respected, and connected with KRS-1 since I was a teen in HS. He still rocks in my book!
  • donnis mac
    "So he does maybe 20 to 30 concerts are year around the world" That's a lot of shows for a former artist to have to do to see a profit. ^ LOL If it was Rick Ross, Quote-Man would applaud the work ethic. Since it's KRS, it's a "seemingly long struggle for a former artist to keep up with that work demand and schedule". But let's turn to the Summer Jam screen: "Slick Rick Celebrates Birthday At Brooklyn Bowl & Receives Shout Outs From Hip Hop Legends" ^ you gotta moment? Go scroll through how Quote-Man was saying MC Rickey D ain't a legend. Peep the tactics, the Beastie sublim disses before MCA died. That was in January. Others & I been telling that fool to STFU.
    • Anonymous
      Bitch, you pop up more than a Jehovah Witness on a Saturday afternoon. Hey George. If you aren't doing anything constructive, put this piece of shit out of his misery.
  • donnis mac
    "KRS is a HIP HOP LEGEND whether you PUSSIES like it or not. Eat a big fat cock if you don't like it." ^ reality Notice how the little cornballs can only say he's old. Not a mention of the songs, impact, BATTLES. "Edutainment" album>>>>> "Poetry">>>>>> "9MM Goes Bang">>>>>> "Jimmy">>>>>>>> "P Is Still Free">>>>>> "Criminal Minded album">>>>>>> "Still #1 RMX">>>>>>> "By All Means Necessary" album>>>>>>> "Madizm" verses>>>>>>> throwing PM Dawn, the THEN DRAKE SOUNDING niggas off stage>>>>>> "Poetry">>>>>> "The Truth">>>>>> "Sex And Violence" album>>>>>>>>>> "MC's Act Like They don't Know (prod DJ Premier)" the X Clan/KRS sneak dissing of ideologies>>>>>>>>>>>>> "Step Into A World">>>>> "The Bridge Is Over" DISS song>>>>> putting Supernatural on>>>>> "The MC">>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I REPEAT "The MC">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Don't let them fvckboys take this page over, smash them!
    • Anonymous
      None of those songs have any impact today, Trayvon. KRS himself won't even play them. They only remind him how he should have sold out when he had the chance. You know like Nas and Jay Z did, two superior MC's who could wipe their ass with KRS's weak as fuck discography.
  • Anonymous
    Reading thru troll comments on dx is like going thru hell.
    • Ja Rule Army
      sure.......we believe you
  • Anonymous
    "What is Nelly doing now?" He's about to release another album, and was on that country song Cruise, which got a lot of play. You can go now dickhead.
    • Anonymous
      and only his 10 fans will buy it
  • Shaun
    Doesnt like mainstream????? How about that song he did with Nas, Kanye, Rakim, and Premo for Nike shoes?
    • Anonymous
      He said mainstream radio
    • Anonymous
      Main stream my ass, that song was as underground as it got. You should have used the track with Puff Daddy as an example
    • ??
      Nike is not a radio station, or a label and they came to these guys not the other way around, that's how they got an MF doom edition Dunk and you know he ain't mainstream. Kicks is really the only thing street, pop, and backpack rap fans agree on.
  • STFUUIgnants
    K.nowledge R.eigns S.upreme O.ver N.early E.veryone
  • Anonymous
    what is oxygen? c'mon bruh!
  • John Romaine
    Anyone bagging out KRS needs a reality check. For real. He's been producing music for decades, yet always kept it true to the form by not "selling out" like half of these other muppets that take the cash and bend over for marketing managers.
  • eg
    old man should be happy they play his music...not like they would.
    • STFUUIgnants
      You Must Learn.....but you probably never will
  • Anonymous
    Basically he said stop talking shit and do something (go thru hell) confront the devil(the source of your problem in his case major labels and corporations)and let him know god has arrived (approach with confidence), some of ya'll took it all literally and shit, looked at it religiously instead of righteously(you don't have to worship anything to be a righteous person). That's some real shit that calling him old or whatever do not take away from what was said.
  • Anonymous
    go home you bitter old man
    • Anonymous
      eat your moms pussy bitter bitch thats why your Anonymous bitch
  • Anonymous
    lol nobody is playing your music you 48 year old man. your career is over so stop the bullshit. who wants to hear a 48 year old man rhyming about he is number 1 and did a battle in 1986? grow up krs
    • Anonymous
      lol there are a lot of people still playing his music
    • Money First
      You are dumb as hell and part of the reason why the culture of Hip Hop is in the fuckin' toilet well at least here in the U.S!!!!
    • biffjenkins
      You have no clue
    • welloftruth
      At 48 he is still eating (WELL) off his passion...making music. What do you do for a living? Fools like you actually think that radio means something.
    • 4-12
      nigga eat your moms pussy
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      I know what u tryin' to say homie and u definitely right for the most part except for mentioning Mobb Deep. They from the hood, Queesbridge to be exact. QB wasn't exactly "a walk in the park" back in the days homie. NAS from the same hood too but I would say the MOBB were more G than NAS tho. The MOBB definitely been up to no good in their early days but why keep dealin' and bustin' your gat when u making stacks of cash from making dope music?
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      I ain't a fan of 50 but I guess I should have mentioned 50 too. He was 100% a drug dealer in the past. 50 definitely shouldn't be on the list either.
  • Barrio 18, E'z up!
    Put it like this... If you FAGGOTS on here (you know who you are) ain't got no love for KRS-ONE and don't have any KRS vinyls/CD's/MP3's in your collection then you really have no business listening to hip hop music and representing the culture. That's how important and respected KRS is to the hip hop community. Hip hop/rap music is mostly run by big corporations now and your favorite new generation so called rapper is nothing but a puppet.
    • Anonymous
      Suck my balls you sad angry man
    • Anonymous
      well said Barrio!
    • Anonymous
      Shut the fuck up you old vinly playing motherfucker. If you're still listening to KRS there's a great chance you're alone and sexless.