KRS-One Honored With a Mural in New York's Lower East Side

KRS-One Honored With a Mural in New York's Lower East Side

Published Wed, February 1, 2023 at 4:03 PM EST

"Wow! There is no award that is above this," was KRS One's reaction to a mural honoring him on 2nd street near 1st avenue in his old L.E.S. neighborhood.

The mural was created as a dedication to Hip Hop's 50th anniversary by Italian artist Jorit. The Criminal Minded MC said the mural's location was special because he grew up in the neighborhood. Throughout the years, KRS has talked about his time living in homeless shelters in interviews and in his music, and he reflected on that period in his life while expressing his appreciation for the mural.

"KRS-One came from this neighborhood and was less than every single person here," he explained. "I was homeless. I might have slept right there."

Jorit shared that KRS is aggressive but always injected a positive message into his music.

Earlier this week, KRS-One joined Grandmaster Flash, Coke La Rock, Rocky Bucano and several other Hip-Hop legends to celebrate a $5 million dollar boost in federal funds presented to the Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx. Standing beside Senator Chuck Schumer, he advocated for monetary compensation for Hip-Hop's pioneers. "Hip Hop is not an object, it is a subject. The preservation of subjects is different from the preservation of objects. To preserve a subject, you have to preserve the people that came up with the ideas," he said.

See KRS' mural reaction above.

Related Posts

Rapper KRS-One performs onstage at The Observatory on February 13, 2016 in Santa Ana, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

KRS-One Celebrates $5M in Federal Funds for Universal Hip-Hop Museum: "A New Day"

Jan 31, 2023

Sugar Hill Records CEO: "Sugar Hill Records Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Hip-Hop"

Oct 06, 2022

KRS-One appears at a press conference with the group X-Clan taken on March 31, 1992 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images/Michael Ochs Archives)

A Brief History of Police Commentary Songs

Sep 17, 2020

What's new