Earlier today, KRS-One took to Twitter to apologize for mistakenly suggesting that Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock had died in his song “Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven.” In the track from his latest album The World is MIND, KRS-One pays tribute to late hip-hop artists and raps: “Like a late fog in the mist/I see King Ad-Rock/And rest in peace Nate Dogg/Their names and their natures will last.” In his statement, KRS-One clarifies that he actually meant to commemorate Adam “MCA” Yauch, the Beastie Boys member who passed away in 2012. “I mistakably paid respect and condolences to the wrong Beastie Boy member King Ad-Rock when it should have been MCA,” he writes. “In light of this, I am redoing the song ‘Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven’ and I am pulling the original version off of my digital release. Historical accuracy is extremely important to me, so I accept all responsibility for this error.” Find the full statement below.
— KRS-One (@IAmKRSOne) May 13, 2017
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