Bronx, New York hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions
), who formed in 1986, earned their legendary status for numerous reasons, including the distinct musical style that they forged. They were pioneers not only for incorporating dancehall reggae into their music but also for being instrumental in paving the way for two very different strains of hip-hop-- both hardcore gangsta rap and conscious hip-hop.
Additionally, the group gave the world longtime hip-hop ambassador KRS-One
(Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone). BDP at first was essentially the duo of KRS and the late DJ Scott La Rock
. The group had numerous members throughout its existance and regular collaborators including D-Nice
, KRS' brother Kenny Parker
, his one time wife Ms Melodie, Harmony, Mad Lion, Channel Live, Run, McBoo, Scottie Morris, Tony Rahsan, RoboCop
, and DJ Red Alert
, to name but some. Still, it was KRS-One who was always the central character of Boogie Down Productions.
Hence, when BDP disbanded in 1992 and KRS-One continued on as a solo act, it was really more of a continuum than a total demise of BDP. However, despite the key role KRS always played, he never let the light be taken off his slain partner, original member DJ Scott La Rock, with whom he formed the group after the two met under unusual circumstances. DJ Scott La Rock, whose real name was Scott Sterling,
was a social worker who met a then 19 year old KRS-One while working at the Bronx shelter for men, the Franklin Avenue Armory Shelter
. KRS-One was then homeless.
Perhaps it would later be the well meaning social worker in Scott La Rock that ultimately led to his death. One day in 1987 he tried to diffuse a dispute between fellow BDP member D-Nice and some local gang bangers but the well-meaning peaceful intervention resulted in him getting shot and killed. His untimely death came only a short time after BDP's debut album Criminal Minded
was released. But Scott La Rock would forever be kept alive through the music of BDP and would be consistently remembered by KRS-One in his lyrics in songs such as "My Philosophy." He is also mentioned and shouted out on countless other songs too, and "Overseen by Scott La Rock" can be seen printed on the back of several BDP releases. "My Philosophy" along with BDP videos for "Why Is That?," "The Bridge Is Over," and "Duck Down" are all featured below as a reminder of just how amazing a group BDP was.