On August 27, 1987, Boogie Down Productions' Scott La Rock died after being shot in the Bronx, the first in a long line of hip-hop icons to fall victim to gun violence. The very next day, KRS, Red Alert, D-Nice, and the rest of the BDP crew performed at Madison Square Garden. After a moment of silence, a massive photograph of Scott was lowered from the rafters, the crowd erupted, and BDP performed "Poetry," from their landmark 1987 debut Criminal Minded. "Scott La Rock is innovating, decorating hip-hop," KRS rapped, opening the second verse, making it clear that was going to keep the BDP flag waving—just as Scott would've wanted him to.
Boogie Down Productions Mourn Scott La Rock at Madison Square Garden