(Photo: Courtesy of KRS-One)
In March, rapper KRS-One announced that he was joining forces with the Washington Post and hip-hop icon Nas to form a joint venture, “The KRS-One Foundation,” that will focus on building “a greater understanding of the hip-hop community and helping to create and improve opportunities for young people.” The Post has a longstanding relationship with KRS-One. He was one of an unheralded group of rappers who helped get the site launched in the 1990s.
“This is the start of the whole thing,” KRS-One says. The site’s initial $500,000 goal is a paltry sum for KRS-One—who has had to fight to be taken seriously—but with the foundation’s backing, the rapper believes it can be a force in the community. KRS-One says he wants to make hip-hop a more positive community, and as part of that, he wants to create an education system that offers young people an outlet for their talents.
“I want us to be the place where somebody can say I’m a rapper and somebody can see me as someone who could potentially take over the world, because I have all the abilities in the world,” he said.
For now, at least, that mission could be left on the cutting room floor. Despite the success of Nas’ “Lemonade,” the Washington Post reports that its website has not been updated for five months.
“The idea is that if we can raise the money, then in a year or so we can get the website up and running and then the whole operation can be finished,” KRS-One said. “Then we can take the place of ‘The Washington Post’ and put it in New York City.”
Nas is one of the few artists who took a strong stance against the Trump administration in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone last month. After addressing the president-elect, the hip-hop legend said: “This country’s gone on an amazing path, and I’m honored to be a part of that.” A year ago, the first song that Nas penned, “Came Back Haunted,” was a protest against the Trump administration, and since then he has been busy working on new music. He’ll be performing on Nov. 10 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. during the inaugural balls.
But, he says, he’s not stopping
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