Knowledge reigned supreme at Shepherds Bush Empire on the eighth of June, as KRS One rocked the house as part of his first UK tour in eight years. As The Teacher walked onto the stage, the extremely full venue roared with an energy which was sustained long after the man left their sight.
Throughout the hour and a half set, The Blastmaster gave his enthusiastic audience the honour of hearing classic after classic, including 'Mc's Act Like They Don't Know' and 'Sound Of The Police' to name a very few. Between tracks, Kris dropped several freestyles with an ease which seemed as natural to him as breathing. A dig at the BBC and Tim Westwood got the crowd particularly hyped, as well as a diss towards Nelly, or Melle. The sound system wasn't always perfect but only the occasional line was inaudible.
KRS got the audience participating in his famous 'The Real Hiphop is', 'over here' phrase so many times the line still echoed in ears after long train journeys home. At one point the legend worked his way through the hiphop time line, dropping science as to what important hiphoppas came about in each year.
The show was hiphop in its truest sense, with a busy stage full of extremely energetic break dancers as well as Wild Style's Busy B. In the set's second half, beat boxer Rahzel impressively worked his way through a routine which added another element of hiphop culture represented on the night. KRS didn't pause once for breath during the entire evening, constantly wide eyed and waving his hands, a credit to his live show stamina and a stark contrast to what I previously referred to as hiphop shows I have attended, but now consider laid back training sessions for those artists.
At the end of the show, which included a performance of the 'Blueprint' track 'The Style You Haven't Done Yet', KRS spoke over the instrumental of a 'Sneak Attack' number, insuring that the more recent albums of the man were represented alongside the earlier ones of a career which spans several decades.
Before being followed by a load of security off the arena, KRS acknowledged that he took some time to get back to London, but said the situation of his home nations hiphop scene was so dire that he needed to deal with that first before getting global. He certainly made an impact on everyone who was privileged to attend the historical night, which will go down as many's greatest hiphop experience of all time.