“The decision to make another BDP album was really Kenny’s (Longtime BDP member Kenny Parker). In my world, I’m just more interested in staying vibrant and inspiring my generation in particular and the younger generation as well. But I want my generation to understand that you can continue to do this craft. That you can keep doing this…to never give it up…to never think you are too old or that your rhymes are tired or whatever it is that stops people from pursuing who they are in hip-hop. For me that’s where I come in on this album. Kenny kind of took advantage of that, knowing how competitive I am. I was in New York one day and he was just like, ‘Yo, you want to do another BDP album?’ It has more of a BDP subject matter—more battle rhymes, a lot of live club rhymes, with one or two songs pointing towards a conscious direction. This is what we call a BDP album; more of a confrontational, I’m the greatest, check out these rhymes statement. There was a lot of freestyling in the studio. A lot of the songs I came up with right there.
KRS-One is the teacher of hip-hop. That’s it. I’m here to make sure that what we thought hip-hop was supposed to be becomes just that. And that mission is not over. That’s why I started The Temple of Hip-Hop. This is our life’s work. I’m letting everyone know: you are also the architect of hip-hop. I’m showing it can still be done at 46-years-old. I’m still working. I’m doing a world tour starting February 4 where I go to places like Hawaii, Australia, Japan and I swing right back around to Canada. I say all this to my elder brothers and sisters that may have had records out in the ‘80s or ‘90s and don’t even do it anymore. I’m hoping that they read this article and become inspired to pick up the mic again. I’m showing you that it’s not about age…it’s about your mentality and love for your craft.
G. Simone [KRS-One’s longtime wife, artist, partner and manager] is coming out with the craziness. She did a dope jazz record with Najee that’s getting ready to blaze. She has a record where she’s doing some Janis Joplin type vocals…very raw. Then she jumped over and did a remix with Fallout Boy for Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Wish’. She’s friends with Stevie’s management, so she’s going to have him in the video, which is going to be insane. On top of that, Kid Rock is going to do some lyrics on a song called ‘Situations’. His drummer did the percussion for us on one of Simone’s songs. Kid Rock is threatening to go have dinner and hang out with me [laughs]. We’ve been talking about this ever since D-Nice discovered him.
I don’t want people to read this interview and think, ‘Oh, KRS is large…he’s an icon.’ I want them to come away and say, ‘I got to remain hip-hop…fuck this…I’m never giving this shit up. Let me get on my back and start breaking; let me start DJing; let me get my graf piece out.’ And I’m not only talking about the 15-year-olds. I’m talking to my 40 and 50-year-olds. In 2012 I am still relevant…me and my brother just released an album…in 2012! My videos are out…I have a clip called ‘Just Like That,’ which is a reminder about me and Scott La Rock. His spirit will be here forever.”