This piece of Graffiti in Fitzroy is inspired by the fine album by Boogie Down Productions, "By All Means Necessary".
My brother got me this album fas a Xmas present in 1988 and i've followed KRS One ever since. Had the pleasure of seeing him in 2012 when he came to Australia and played at The Palace in Melbourne.
Prior to coming here he had this to say "When I come to Australia, lives will change. I'm trying to walk down the street, drive, talk and shake hands...I want to see people. I'm coming as an anthropologist...I want to raid the museums...I gotta find out what's going. When Obama went to Australia on the News I saw smiley faces and shaking hands. There was no real meat, no depth."
He did just that, walked the streets, he visited this piece of graffiti in Fitzroy and talked with the Graffiti artists. At his gig there was a massive amount of respect payed to the indigenous people of Australia, in fact the gig kicked of with Australian Indigenous music and KRS walked on stage with the Aboriginal flag draped over his shoulders. He also had local hip hop artists supporting him.
A true hip hop legend, there's just too much to say about everything he's done.
If you haven't heard of KRS One look him up and let "The Teacha" educate you.
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