Hip Hop legend KRS One has found himself embroiled in more controversy behind his “underground viewpoint” and outspoken nature.  This latest incident involves the video for the track “Real Terrorism.” The rather graphic video for the politically charged song (featuring new artist Greenie) has become one of the few music videos to be banned from YouTube. Evidently, its explicit wartime imagery was declared “too shocking” for viewers.

There’s no coincidence that this ban occurred during a very vulnerable time for many Americans. The 10-year anniversary of the attacks on September 11th mark a period of mourning and reflection for many in the US where criticism of American policies may even be considered sign of disrespect. Regardless, rapper Greenie explains:

“The song tells the TRUTH about the United States, its massacres, and the terrorist acts our government has committed around the world. The photos used in the video are just actual historic records and are important educational materials for all to see. I am shocked that YouTube allows silliness, sex, and pop rap –but not this important material.”

This isn’t the first time the “Teacha’s” uninhibited speech have hit a nerve. KRS triggered a wave of controversy when we was quoted as saying “we cheered when 9/11 happened” during a panel discussion hosted by The New Yorker in 2004. Clarifying his statement via AllHipHop.com, KRS said:

“I was asked about why Hip Hop has not engaged the current situation more (meaning 9/11), my response was “because it does not affect us, or at least we don’t perceive that it affects us, 9/11 happened to them… I am speaking for the culture now; I am not speaking my personal opinion.” I continued to say; “9/11 affected them down the block; the rich, the powerful those that are oppressing us as a culture. Sony, RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations, Clear Channel, Viacom with BET and MTV, those are our oppressors, those are the people that we’re trying to overcome in Hip Hop everyday, this is a daily thing. We cheered when 9/11 happened in New York and say that proudly here. Because when we were down at the Trade Center we were getting hit over the head by cops, told that we can’t come in this building, hustled down to the train station because of the way we dressed and talked, and so on, we were racially profiled. So, when the planes hit the building we were like, “mmmm, justice.” And just as I began to say, “Now of course a lot of our friends and family were lost there as well” I was interrupted…

“Real Terrorism”, the video YouTube deemed unfit for their audience, can still be viewed by way of Vimeo.

Krs-One and Greenie “Real Terrorism” Shocking Video from Krs-Greenie Album on Vimeo.

  • Rhuebekah

    I am really trying to understand if America is ,according to KRS one a terrible evil place, why is he still leaving here?

  • Rhuebekah

    *living lol

  • secret ninja

    this is not about not wanting to live in U.S., lots of people live in God awful terrible places, the difference between them and us is that they do not stick their head in the sand in denial about the country in which they live/claim citizenship. if anyone thinks this country is all ‘peaches and cream’ then you need to get out more. like now. travel and you will be surprised to find out how everyone else in the world sees the United States of America, the picture is not pretty, and it’s not because of jealousy and bitterness that they feel this way. people of this country have been terrorizing their own people for hundreds of years and ever since this country discontinued its isolationist policy, they have terrorized people in other countries as well, that is a fact.

    with all that being said, KRS One’s timing couldn’t have been worse. people are in mourning. you may go to a funeral for a person that has done some horrible things, but you don’t get up during the eulogy and say “that guy was a bastard and i’m glad he’s dead” you just don’t do that. he just picked the wrong time to say what he said and unfortunately, because things have changed so much since 09/11/01, he may not have the freedom of speech to speak that truth anymore.

  • champion_sound

    Just because you live some where does not mean that you cannot identify hypocrisy when you see it or hear it…In the song it clearly states that he is not against america…Too bad that ignorance is contagious….

  • ms_micia

    No, let’s slap an American flag bumper sticker and call it “patriotism”. Americans, specifically of African descent, start to irritate me sometimes. It’s like pretending to like someone who beat you up because you somehow feel the need for their approval. Don’t wanna be called an “outsider” do you? SMH. It’s really dissapointing bc as stated these are historical facts, not fabrications or inflamitory half truths. The biggest monstrousity of this country is it’s citizen’s basic lack of knowledge of it’s history. ALL of it’s history, not just what you can remember or peice together from grade and high school. Media pushed 9/11 sentiments, to me have to be met with a side eye simply because I mean they barely gave it a second thought until THIS year. Ask why??? Why all the gory details, why the drudging up of all the sad memories. Did we do this for the people in Haiti, or Somalia. No. There were no hour long programs commerating the losses there. Or if ya feeling patriotic, name me a KATRINA special that has gone on in so much detail. Of course he shouldn’t be surprised for being sanctioned or banned for telling the truth. In this country most of our free rights are gone. Free speech and expression being one of them. But I thank him for being real.
    One critique tho: We’re all human beings, noones life is more valuable or unvaluable. He might wanna let that be known as well.

  • medina

    okay but there are hundreds of videos more explicit and detailed than this on youtube since forever… i don’t understand censoring one thing and not another..

  • champion_sound

    great response ms_micia….

  • http://www.assmatrix.com Jenni

    Uhm he DID make a video about that subject, and lead crusades against the violence, it’s called SELF DESTRUCTION. You have YOUTUBE for God’s sake, look it up before you flap your fishlips.

  • Brodie

    Absolutely. “Isn’t it ironic. Don’t you think?”

  • justSayin..

    @Jenni

    Chicken…Please be LOGICAL!

    Self-Destruction came out in the 1980s. Most of the cats out here doing the killing, stealing, etc were BORN in the 1980s. I highly doubt they are listening to or even remember self-destruction. I highly doubt they are listening to Kool Moe Dee in their cars.

    Come back to reality.

    My comment is about a MODERN DAY version of Self-Destruction/this terrorism video. Ish has gotten worse since Self-Destruction came out. How the heck is some ish that came out 20 plus years ago helpful to today’s young black people??? It’s not.

    *Rolls eyes and walks away*

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Shanck/1636878369 Barry Shanck

    As a black man who believes in Jesus Christ I have been judged & discriminated against, but that’s not gonna stop me from wat I believe! Everybdy has a right 2 thank as they want it’s our God given right. And yes, I’ve seen much worst on yourtube some might say the timing was all wrong, but we all know KRS to b a very controversial black man. I can understand where he’s coming from though it doesn’t mean I agree not 2day any way! I would like 2have seen the video!!

  • Kofi

    he does have one, called “self destruction” and was part of the “stop the violence” movement in the late 80′s early 90′s. recognize.

  • FinegIRL

    BECAUSE HE IS AMERICAN, DUH! And for your information, America is in other country’s business too. So as far as anyone wants to run away from “America”, he/she/queer/whatever can not hide…

  • iQgraphics

    This post should not be recognized and commented on for the content of the KRS video, whether its true, whether you agree, or whether you love jesus. This post should be recognized in that YOUTUBE is TRYING TO REGULATE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
    What’s freedom is we’re not really free…

  • KingJason

    I thought the “freedoms” Bush so thinks we are hated for was in part free speech.

  • terrell m

    i wonder if youtube would ban just an audio version of this track..

  • au napptural

    JustSaying, we are NOT together on this. KRS did a great work, and that statement was trivializing. Those are black men who are about something, I’d thought you’d be happy. We’re talking about the terrorism of the world’s most powerful nation. The acts committed by some black men pale in comparison. This country has killed millions upon millions, and that’s just directly! Stay on topic.

  • terrell m

    and for the people thats getting it confused.. hes not going at the american people.. he’s going hard at the us government.. how they blind the masses with false information. hidden behind trustful smiles and well written prepaired speeches. how politicians tell you what you want to hear until they get elected. he’s speaking on the skeletons the most congressman and senators have buried deep in their closets..

  • iQgraphics

    @ justsayin
    Sorry but um No, you’re wrong.
    If they deem something as inappropriate, they allow you to put the content on private.
    it’s the world wide web.
    Get a clue

  • iQgraphics

    FURTHERMORE IT SETS A PRECEDENCE.
    YOU’RE BLIND BABY

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  • justSayin..

    @iQgraphics

    I suggest you got read Youtube’s policy. It’s right there in black and white. Youtube is a company…not the government. They don’t have to uphold YOUR freedom of speech on THEIR website. Your freedom of speech isn’t protected by a corporate/private company on THEIR ish. That is a corporate owned website that just so happens to be on the www. It belongs to that company. They reserve the right to remove any nonsense from their site.

    http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=78716

    http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=10551

    http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines

    “We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).

    ^^This video could fall under a number of policy violations according to their guidelines.

  • whaddayaknow

    Someone put it back on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_eeOzAjFZ4

  • JC

    One of the most hateful things you can do to someone or something is to fail to point out where change is absolutely neccessary. One of the ideas this country was (at least in intention/words) founded on was the power of its citizens to hold the government accountable not stove their heads up its butt.

  • Pat

    For all you haters out there who are brainwashed into thinking this is not a corrupt, abusive country, the US has consitently had the audacity to think it rules the world, that it can start wars, that it can hunt down leaders in other countries, and that it can basically do whatever the hell it wants. Any goodness coming out of this country-and there are ALWAYS strings attached anytime this country “helps” other countries-does not mean we should be ignorant and complacent about it’s flaws…it is nothing better than a dicatatorship that focuses more on controlling the world than taking care of its own citizens and in fact, it repeatedly puts every one of US in danger with its warmonger mentality…This ROCKS, he is RIGHT ON and having known him for years…he is a brilliant visionary who isn’t afraid to speak the truth and he is absolutely on target and should be applauded for daring to say what most of us won’t (and really – how much freedom do you REALLY think you have when most are too afraid to voice their opinion for fear of Big Brother retribution) …

  • Lynn tryst

    Hum mmm krs may be getting too much credit here
    He says a couple of lines in the chorus over and over that someone handedchim on a paper
    The song is greenie’s

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