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The 50 Best Radio Freestyles

19. KRS-One "Red Alert" (1989)

Station: WRKS 98.7 KISS FM
DJ: Red Alert
Best Punchline: "The most ancient man, was found thousands of years before Adam began/And where he was found?/Again they can't laugh at ya, is right dead smack in Africa/But due to religious and political power/We must be denied the facts every hour."


Letting us know that BDP "rules every single day of the week," KRS hit Red Alert's show on Kiss FM, to spit his philosophy. Since Red Alert's show was always competing with what Mr. Magic and Marley Marl were doing down the street, the BDP frontman had to murder everything moving (on the microphone, that is.)

Back in that era, KRS was at the height of his powers as a well-respected emcee speaking to a generation of disenfranchised youth. On this rhyme in particular, he was able to touch on Egypt, Adam & Eve, Greek culture, early civilization and religion—a far cry from his “I WAS THERE” attitude and rhyme subject matter of today. As his name implies, for KRS, Knowledge Reigns Supreme.

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