Krs One next year will release his new book The Gospel of Hiphop 

KRS One Joins powerHouse

By David Hershkovits

The powerHouse publishing enterprise continues to expand its reach under the aegis of founder Daniel Power and his able team of Craig Cohen and Sarah Rosen. In addition to eyeing a West Coast outpost of their store/gallery/events space concept pioneered in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in the Los Angeles area (either at Bergamot Station or Culver City), they are also working with a well known pop star with interest in Malawi (wink, wink). Today powerHouse added another jewel to its crown by the name of hip hop legend KRS One who will now have his own imprint with the company. Here's the official announcement

powerHouse Books and KRS ONE announce the creation of I Am Hip Hop, a new imprint launching in Spring 2009. I Am Hip Hop shall serve as a home for cutting-edge, positive material related to the true culture and philosophies of Hip Hop. Dedicated to publishing high-quality books ranging from serious philosophical treatises to urban photography projects or engaging fictional novels, this imprint will release material personally chosen and overseen by Hip Hop legend, KRS ONE.
As originator of the phrase, “I Am Hip Hop,” KRS ONE is a walking embodiment of the cultural practices and moral philosophies of true Hip Hop. The I Am Hip Hop imprint will serve as an outlet for creative expressions of this vibrant and lasting culture. "The I Am Hip Hop imprint will serve as a home for real and true expressions of Hip Hop,” comments KRS ONE. “I commend powerHouse for being brave enough to stand up for real culture."

“Working with KRS ONE offers a rare opportunity and privilege to play a part in history in the making.” observes Craig Cohen, President and Executive Publisher of powerHouse Books. “This founding father of Hip Hop was behind the legendary Boogie Down Productions and is arguably more creative in 2008 than ever before.”

The Gospel of Hip Hop, the first book from the I Am Hip Hop imprint set for release in Spring 2009, is the philosophical masterwork KRS ONE. Set in the format of the Christian Bible, this 600+ page opus is a manual to life for members of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with religious faith and practical knowledge for a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Hip Hop as a life-path. Now known as “The Teacha,” KRS ONE developed his unique outlook as a homeless teen in Brooklyn, New York, engaging his philosophy of self-creation to become one of the most respected emcees in Hip Hop history. Respected as Hip Hop’s true steward, KRS ONE painstakingly details the development of the culture and the ways in which we, as Hiphoppas, can and should preserve its future.

In The Gospel of Hip Hop, KRS ONE discusses the origination of Hip Hop Kulture and relays specific instances in history wherein we can discover the same spirit and ideas that are at the core of our current manifestation of Hip Hop. He explains Hip Hop down to the actual meaning and linguistic history of the words “hip” and hop” and describes the ways in which Hiphoppas can change their current circumstances to create a future that incorporates Health, Love, Awareness and Wealth (H-LAW).

Fervently promoting self-reliance, dedicated study, peace, unity and truth, The Teacha has drawn criticism both from within and outside of Hip Hop Kulture. In this beautifully written, inspiring book, KRS ONE shines the light of truth into his own heart and onto the fascinating world of Hip Hop.

Added by: EmSeeD, 25/Nov/08 | Comments: 2

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