Lawrence Krishna Parker
(born August 20, 1969
), better known by his stage name KRS-One
, is an American MC
. Over his career, he has been known by several pseudonyms
including "Kris Parker", "The Blastmaster", "The Teacha", and "The Philosopher". At the 2008 BET Awards, KRS-One was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for all his work and effort towards the Stop the Violence Movement
as well as the overall pioneering of hip-hop music
. He is often referred to as one of the greatest emcees of all time.