News: Triple C's Fire Shots At KRS-One, "You Stay In Your Genre Of Music" [Video]

Friday, Nov 20, 2009 2:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rick Ross' Triple C's recently questioned KRS-One's claims that hip-hop losing its authenticity and said the rap veteran should pay homage to the new generation of emcees.

From Torch's perspective, his crew is following the same pattern he did back in the late 1980's.

"You notice it's the people that always say 'Hip-Hop is dead,' they ain't got no [money]," Torch explained in an interview. "And to top it all off, it's like, hip-hop is dead but when they had their run, the same people that say these things, they be in pictures with AK's, they forget all that now. You need your track record, do your homework and the same record that peole are pointing their fingers, you gotta realize, every time you point your finger, the other four are pointing right back at you. You gotta understand what's going on. So at the end of the day, I ain't with the finger pointing and the other four pointing back at you, but at the end of the day, music is music. You stay in your genre of music." (Rolling Out TV)

Gunplay also referenced one of KRS-One's most notable albums.

"Criminal Minded [cough cough]!," Gunplay laughingly added. "Mainstream is lamesteam...Is you [rappers] getting money? Y'all ain't from where we from. That's all we know. You talk about your tight jeans and snapping fingers." (Rolling Out TV)

KRS previously called out Triple C's record label, Def Jam, for "destroying" the hip-hop genre.

"Def Jam is the dopest label in hip-hop, in the culture of hip-hop," he explained in an interview. "There really would be no hip-hop as we know it today if it wasn't for Def Jam. But you don't get that respect without also being the label that single-handedly destroyed hip-hop...Every time you think of what's wrong with hip-hop, the lyrics, the commercialized music, one artist being played on the radio all day, things like that, that's all Def Jam...We respect it. It's a respect cause we all competing, so Def Jam had the hardest competition, but the hardest competition as I showed the respect, I also showed the truth. And the truth is everybody else had to sit down so Def Jam could be who they are." (XXL Mag)

He is known for being a rap pioneer with over two decades of music to his name.

At the height of his career, roughly 1987-1990, KRS-One was known for his furiously political and socially conscious raps, which is the source of his nickname, "the Teacher." Around the time of 1990's Edutainment, BDP's audience began to slip as many fans thought his raps were becoming preachy. As a reaction, KRS-One began to re-establish his street credibility with harder, sparer beats and raps. 1992's Sex and Violence was the first sign that he was taking a harder approach, one that wasn't nearly as concerned with teaching. KRS-One's first solo album, 1993's Return of the Boom Bap, was an extension of the more direct approach of Sex and Violence, yet it didn't halt his commercial decline. (All Music)

Check out Triple C's speaking on KRS-One below:

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