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Rank: 6

estimonial
Long live the Blast Master! KRS will tell you he is the living, walking, breathing embodiment of hip-hop till the day he dies. That's what makes Kris one of the all-time greats: He was live and loved to prove it. Kris could go from dropping indisputable science that elevated the masses to crushing any "sucka MC" who stepped his way. And onstage, who could compete with him? Besides Busta Rhymes, he may be the best live performer ever.

Co-Signer: Jadakiss
"He definitely had an influence on me. Just the way he put his sh-- together, the way he was dropping knowledge and it was still hard. That's incredibly hard to do: to get accepted, to get your point across and be looked at like an incredible lyricist and stage performer. He covered everything. His stage show is crazy, freestyle is crazy. He can get deep on you. His battle raps are crazy. He was the teacher. He was dangerous. I remember when [we were] shopping our demo — we were still the Warlocks — I met KRS and we was going to do a song with him. He was like, 'This song is gonna guarantee you one spin. Then whatever the world thinks of you, it's on from there.' We never had a chance to do the record, but just to sit down and have that meeting with him was incredible."

100 Percent Proof
"People still takin' rappin' for a joke/ A passing hope or a phase with a rope/ Sometimes I choke and try to believe/ When I get challenged by a million MCs/ I try to tell them, 'We're all in this together!'/ My album was raw because no one would ever/ Think like I think and do what I do/ I steal the show and then I leave without a clue."

— from "I'm Still No. 1" (from By All Means Necessary, 1988)

Selected Catalog
(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); (Solo:) *Return of the Boom Bap (1993), KRS-One (1995), I Got Next (1997), The Sneak Attack (2001), Spiritual Minded (2002), Kristyles (2003), Keep Right (2004).

* = undeniable classic

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