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"Know that your God has chosen you for this work. Believe God, not the world. Start small and practice regularly by recognizing only the power of God! You will be surprised how sudden God’s presence can appear when one acknowledges not the temporary effects of the world but only the reality, value and power of God! Regularly perform faith."
- KRS-ONE




"I look at the spiritual life as a performance before God. God is the headliner, and the stage is the world, and so you're always an opening act, no matter how popular and successful you become. So you never really perform in a complete sense, like I did and ended my performance. What you're doing is opening for God."  - KRS One

talkin' about faith KRS One speaks

KRS-One: We tune into spirituality once in a while and wonder, "How is this whole thing working?" I think the kids today do this naturally. It's a bittersweet process, because it means all the systems have failed in the society. The only way you can feel spirituality naturally is when all the institutions have failed. When the institutions fail like they have in this country, you have an upsurge of youth going, "I feel something." It allows these feelings to come up. I haven't felt any resistance to any of the spiritual concepts that I've espoused. I'm an inner-city philosopher, apart from those trying to stay in line with Plato, Aristotle, Descartes. For me, philosophy is about challenging, about thinking the different thought. Does it have to be like this? What else can it be? Today's philosophers aren't thinking like that enough, otherwise they'd embrace hip-hop.

"We have to be prophets of a divine spirit. Whenever a movement is based on desperation, on desperate people who have trouble feeding and clothing themselves, or shelter themselves, in the beginning it's going to be big. Because people relate to that. "I have five children and we're all living on just mayonnaise out of a jar." When you have people like that, and someone comes and says "Isn't this wrong!" They'll go "Yeah!!" And with that emotion you get a big following. People will take their last dime and spend it on your record in hopes that something's going to happen. It's not black, white, any color. It's a feeling of being oppressed, of being stifled, limited, not being understood, being ignored, having no voice. It's not a black issue, but an issue.


this year you are focusing on the idea of faith...why?
KRS-One: Our God is an exact God, and those that live by faith need not an abundance of anything. They always have exactly what they need exactly when they need it. Never too soon, never too late, never too much and never too little, the faithful always have enough! For faith and the knowing that comes from righteous living eliminates fear and doubt. And likewise, fear and doubt caused by ignorance and unrighteous living eliminates faith. Choose right now which of the two you shall serve—fear or faith, doubting or knowing!

Practice faith by performing random acts of faith. In troubling situations, be still and know that your God is God! Store up your spiritual money in righteous living and then order whatever you need from the universe. Immerse yourself in something that God must follow up on and complete. Believe in your God! Expect the presence, power and activity of God!

Know that your God has chosen you for this work. Believe God, not the world. Start small and practice regularly by recognizing only the power of God! You will be surprised how sudden God’s presence can appear when one acknowledges not the temporary effects of the world but only the reality, value and power of God! Regularly perform faith.

You gotta trust in your Lord, everything is in accord
Don't rush or fuss, you gonna get yours
Close your eyes, your heart, your ears, your mind
to the ways and thoughts of mankind
And seek ye first the Kingdom of God
And things won't seem so hard
You gotta trust your Lord, uhh, uhh.. tell 'em bout
Trust and obey, trust when afraid
Trust when you paid, trust when betrayed
Trust when you fear, trust when you unclear
Trust when you here, trust when you near
Trust when you down, trust when you found
Trust when you clown, trust

- TRUST, from Spiritual Minded

KRS-One: Spiritual Minded
KRS-One, aka The Teacha, aka The Blastmaster, has been in the rap industry long enough to witness and influence its many revolutions as the art evolves. The Spiritual Minded album starts out with a short spoken introduction by KRS-One, then immediately moves into the first song, “Lord Live Within My Heart”. He is at it again with his tenth studio album to date. He says, "When I began to think about what my tenth album should sound like, I couldn't help but to think of the people that yearn for the spiritual meaning of life and living." Spiritual Minded is hiphop with a gospel edge. The song "Tears" is humbly dedicated to the lives of those that were lost on September 11, 2001.

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With a trademark boldness and authority, KRS-One combines a righteous gospel message with one that denounces explicit sex, hatred and materialism...