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Chuck D Calls KRS-One's VERZUZ Freestyle "Century Bending"

Chuck D Calls KRS-One's VERZUZ Freestyle "Century Bending"

Chuck D recently shared his thoughts about the lyrical skills of his longtime friend, legendary rhymer KRS-One, first calling out rap publications for what he believes is a failure to show the rapper his proper respect, and then shouting out his friend's closing verse on his Verzuz with Big Daddy Kane as one of the most significant of the century.

"The way he’s hurling bars I told him it’s ignorant for these so called rap media mags podcasts etc to IGNORE," Chuck tweeted on June 21," adding that he'd talked to KRS the day before. "Also I told him it’s convenient for these coIntel agents to want him to disappear or pretend he never existed."

Chuck then doubled down on his respect earlier today (June 23) when he went on to say that anyone who watched KRS-One's Verzuz last October and didn't come away in awe at his lyrical skills needed to give back their Hip-Hop cards because it was "century bending."

KRS-One's Verzuz last October against Big Daddy Kane at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. was among the platform's most anticipated, with the two legendary emcees going round for round in a battle that was as much about uplifting the culture as it was showcasing their wide discographies and influence. Of course, the night wouldn't have been complete without a KRS-One freestyle (or two), and as Chuck points out, he did not disappoint.

"The mic, I bent it/I'm not a playa, I just crush a lot/No Pun intended," he rhymes at one point. "So they ask, 'who is he?'/I'm that dude that coulda been king of New York but I gave it to Biggie," he later spits.

Chuck, who's regularly released projects including Public Enemy's anticipated 2020 album, What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? (their first Def Jam release in 25 years), also made sure to point out that KRS-One is still releasing dope music. He tweeted that KRS's most recent two albums — 2020's Between Da Protests and his 24th album, 2022's I M A M C R U 1 2 — were fire.


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