Date: 8/28/1987

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.