Thursday, February 15, 2007

KRS-One, Nas, Rakim, Kanye West Selling Sneakers, Kanye's Mom Writes Book About "Raising Kanye"


I have, for years, been a HUGE fan of KRS-One. I love how his stuff with Boogie Down Productions, and even his albums up through The Sneak Attack had a lot of integrity while keeping a positive outlook and demonstrating a desire to raise hip-hop to another level. But now he's plugging product for Nike.

This business with Nas, Kanye West, and Rakim (et tu, Rakim?) is just bad. The song is spot on, KRS and Rakim especially can show Nas and Kanye who made the scene that they thrive on. But schlepping shoes for Nike? You guys don't need this. Kanye is all about getting his face on anything (even his mom is going to write a book, "Raising Kanye"), but you don't need to sell out like that.


SC said...

Believe me, I only want to think of KRS-One and Rakim in their late 80s/early 90s glory, but a man's gotta eat. At this point they both probably do a lot better being KRS-One And Rakim than they do selling records. Sad, but that's the fate of men who build foundations for future generations to thrive upon (not unlike 1950-60s era NFL players who still have to work while today's players are set for life and then some).

And it's not like they're shuckin' and jivin' like Flav, so they can still retain some dignity.

Any Given Tuesday said...

I'm going to agree with you there, Cheese. Flav is just disgracing himself. Though PE is on tour again. . .and making a stop at Ram's Head Live! At least Chuck D is holding it down.