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KRS-One Explains Why He Turned Down Grammys’ 50 Years Of Hip-Hop Tribute

He easy highlight of the 2023 Grammys was the all-star salute to 50 years of hip-hop — a dazzling cavalcade of hits that drew from all across the genre’s history and geography. Earlier this week, CBS aired a Grammys-produced special that expanded on that idea. Questlove helped put the show together, and it featured legendary names like LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Rakim, E-40, Jeezy, Nelly, Rick Ross, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Cypress Hill, DJ Quik, Bun B, and Too Short, as well as a DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince reunion. (At least one awards show isn’t scared of Will Smith.) But at least one old-school hip-hop luminary refused to take part.

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