Back in 1988 a young fan was killed at a Boogie down Productions and Public Enemy concert. The leader of BDP, KRS-One formed the Stop the Violence Movement in hopes of encouraging the hip hop community to end violence and senseless shootings. Krs one was also inspired to create the movement because of the recent murder of his brother and BDP founding member Scott La Rock. Krs One gathered some of the most elite east coast mc’s like Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte,Doug E Fresh, Just Ice, Heavy D, and Public Enemy to represent peace and record a song about anti-violence and unity amongst the black community.
The song “Self Destruction” was an instant hit with production from D Nice and Hank Shocklee. Self Destruction debut #1 on Billboards rap charts and maintained that spot for 10 weeks straight. All the songs proceeds went to the National Urban league. It was a great time in hip hop and highlighted one of hip hop’s most powerful moments. It would be wonderful to bring back that kind of unity and positive power to hip hop in 2020 and beyond.