STOP THE VIOLENCE MOVEMENT – “Self Destruction” (Background Story)
In 1988, during a concert by Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy, a young fan was killed in a fight. The killing occurred shortly after Scott La Rock, a founding member of Boogie Down Productions, was also killed in a shooting. KRS-One responded to these deaths by forming the Stop the Violence Movement to advance a vision of hip hop that would restore what he called hip hop’s original principles to the music industry. Composed of some of the biggest stars in contemporary East Coast hip hop, the movement released a single, “Self Destruction”, in 1989, with all proceeds going to the National Urban League. A music video was created, and a VHS cassette entitled Overcoming Self-Destruction—the Making of the Self-Destruction Video.
Featured Artists: Boogie Down Productions (KRS-One, D-Nice & Ms. Melodie), Stetsasonic (Delite, Daddy-O, Wise, and Frukwan) Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, Public Enemy (Chuck D & Flavor Flav)
WEST COAST RAP ALL STARS – “We’re All In the Same Gang”
Produced by Dr. Dre, “We’re All In The Same Gang,” was released in 1990 and was a collaboration of the West Coast’s MVP’s of the time. It was following on the same message delivered by their East Coast counterparts from the previous year and proved that even the gangster rap elements of hip hop could come together for the greater good.
Featured Artists: King Tee, Body & Soul (including Dee Barnes), Def Jef, Michel’le, Tone-Loc, Above the Law, Ice-T, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and Eazy-E of N.W.A, J.J. Fad, Young MC, Digital Underground (Money-B and Shock G/Humpty Hump), Oaktown’s 3.5.7, MC Hammer