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KRS-One has never backed down from a battle on the mic, especially in regards to the legacy of Hip-Hop, so when he decided to lead a boycott against the National Museum of Hip-Hop many fans were surprised.

At the April 8 launch event for the National Museum of Hip-Hop in the Bronx, KRS-One shocked the audience with a message to boycott the museum because it did not pay proper respect to the forefathers of Hip-Hop.

In addition, he also advised fans that none of the pioneers were in support of the museum and that he and his “Hip-Hop Church” the Temple of Hip-Hop were not attending for support, but to observe the ceremony.

Speaking out against the museum he said,

“Afrika Bambaataa has said this event is illegitimate and should not happen. None of the pioneers are in support of this event. None of them will be here tonight. I am here on behalf of the temple of hip-hop as an observer. We are observing.”

KRS-One who was involved in the initial planning and organization of the museum, has now spoken out against recent changes in direction.

According to KRS-One, he and Bambaataa have been working on a more accurate, commemorative museum for over two decades, but the people in charge didn’t “respect Hip-Hop history enough to address the pioneers as individuals.”

“Here is what we are dealing with, ladies and gentleman.” KRS-One continued, “We have been trying to start a hip-hop museum for over 20 years. In fact, it was Afrika Bambaataa that came up with the idea. However, most of the people who have been behind the hip-hop museum idea seem to always create groups without addressing the pioneers themselves.”

As of press time, the National Museum of Hip-Hop has not responded to the statement, we will keep you updated as this story develops.

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