Stop the Violence Movement

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Self-Destruction"
StopTheViolenceMovementSelfDestruction.jpg
Single by The Stop the Violence Movement
Released 1988
Format 12-inch single
Recorded Power Play Studios
Chung King
Genre East Coast hip hop, golden age hip hop
Label Jive
Producer(s) KRS-One, D-Nice
Hank Shocklee (Assoc.)

The Stop the Violence Movement was formed by rapper KRS-One in 1987 in response to violence in the hip hop and African American communities.

History[edit]

Background

After a young fan was killed at a 1987 Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy show, KRS-One formed the Stop the Violence Movement in hopes of encouraging the hip hop community to end violence being committed among themselves.[1] Further inspired by the recent death of fellow BDP founding member Scott La Rock, he assembled many contemporary East Coast hip hop rap stars of the time to record a song about anti-violence. With production assistance by bandmate D-Nice and Hank Shocklee of the Bomb Squad, the product of the session was the chart-topping song "Self Destruction." All proceeds went to the National Urban League.[2] A VHS cassette entitled Overcoming Self-Destruction—the Making of the Self-Destruction Video accompanied the song's release. The song debuted at #1 on the first week of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs existence and held the spot for five consecutive weeks.[3]

The following rappers contributed the vocals to the song:

The song samples Funky Drummer, and Pass The Peas by the JB's.[2]

Later recordings

In 2007, in preparation for the original track's 20th anniversary, KRS-One relaunched the Stop The Violence Movement.[4] This resulted in two new iterations of the original concept — "Self Construction" and "Self Destruction 2009."

"Self Construction" was released first in April 2008. The track was produced by Duane DaRock and recorded in Los Angeles from February 7 to February 9 at the Los Angeles Recording School. "Self Construction" includes appearances by over 55 artists including David Banner, The Game, Nelly, Redman, MC Lyte, 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, Method Man, Styles P, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Cassidy, Wise Intelligent, Awol One, 2Mex, Rah Digga and Rakaa.

"Self Destruction 2009" was released in late 2008 and features contributions by Twista, Syleena Johnson, Phil G, Crucial Conflict, Kenny Bogus, Straw and Pugz Atomz.[5]

Also in 2008, Jersey City rapper Heat recorded "Self Destruction 2" with the help of other local area rappers.[6]

In late 2009, DJ Kay Slay produced "Self Destruction 2010" featuring Busta Rhymes, Bun B, Sheek Louch, Papoose, Uncle Murda and Jay Rock.[7]

In 2014, more than a dozen Baltimore rappers united under the name Stop The Violence Baltimore, recording their own version of the song with new lyrics pertinent to violence in their city at the time.[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 30

See also[edit]

We're All in the Same Gang

References[edit]

External links[edit]