photo by Saquan Stimpson/

Birth Name: Lawrence Sheffield Brown

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 20, 1965

Ethnicity: African-American, African-Barbadian/Caribbean

KRS-One is an American rapper, lyricist, producer, and activist. He was the leader of hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions. KRS-One is one of the first rappers to incorporate reggae and dancehall elements into hip-hop music. His name is an acronym for “Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone.” He has also been known as KRS, Teacha, The Blastmaster, Big Joe Krash, and The Temple of Hip Hop.

KRS-One is the son of Jacqueline Jones and Sheffield Brown. He has variably stated that his father was an emigrant from Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad. His mother was African-American, and was orphaned at three years old. KRS-One is married to rapper G. Simone, with whom he has a son, music producer and DJ Kris Parker/Predator Prime.

KRS-One’s name was legally changed to Lawrence Parker, when his mother remarried to Johnnie Parker. As a youth, he acquired the nickname “Krishna” due to his interest in the Hare Krishna movement. He has since gone by the middle name of “Krisna” or “Kris.”


Excerpt from the book Knowledge Reigns Supreme: The Critical Pedagogy of Hip-Hop Artist KRS-One, 2009, where KRS-One states his birth name and that his father was from Barbados –

Article where KRS-One states his father was Jamaican –

Interview that states KRS-One’s father was from Trinidad –

Interview with KRS-One explaining the “Krishna” name –

KRS-One wearing colors of the Jamaican Rastafari movement –

Birth record of KRS-One –

3 Responses

  1. Mr. Postman says:

    He is married to rapper G. Simone who is the mother of his son.

  2. Oaken05 says:

    All of Mr. Postman’s request don’t have the ethnicity bolded. One is missing this category, altogether.

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