January 13, 2022

KRS-One vs. PM Dawn (January 13, 1992)

On January 13, 1992, KRS-One responded to remarks P.M. Dawn’s Prince Be had made in an issue of Details magazine, where Be said “KRS-One wants to be a teacher, but a teacher of what?” by throwing him off stage at New York’s Sound Factory. Kid Capri spoke on the incident in a Rap Radar interview a few years ago saying, "I was standing right there at The Sound Factory... [KRS-One] walked in with a bunch of people that I’d never seen him with—a whole different crew. He had [Boogie Down Productions possé members] Willie D. and I.C.U. with him. He had those two [usual accomplices] with him... They sat on the windowsill [next to the stage]. It was a P.M. Dawn show [with] Super Cat.” Kid Capri continued, “So P.M. Dawn comes on stage… it was [Prince Be] and [DJ Minutemix] in the booth, and it’s three girls [doing background singing]…They let him do his first song. When the hit started, it was all bad, man. Yo, they rushed on the stage—Kris and the whole crew…Kris grabbed the mic from [Prince Be]. I.C.U. grabbed all the girls, hugged them and picked them up at the same time [and led them offstage]. When Kris grabbed the mic, Will’ hit [Prince Be], which threw him offstage... Kenny [Parker] went in the [DJ] booth, threw the DJ out the booth. When the Kris threw them offstage [DJ Kenny Parker] threw on ‘South Bronx.’ It felt like the floor was gonna cave in. What was crazy was, when Kris left, Super Cat was supposed to be next. [However] when Kris left, the whole crowd [left and was] walking down the street with him. It looked like a video! Super Cat was on stage with nobody [left]. It was monumental!” Props to AFH for the transcription. The video below further discusses the issue and that infamous night. Art by Andre LeRoy Davis for The Source Magazine's The Last Word. R.I.P., Prince Be of P.M. Dawn ('88-16).