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Stop the Violence Movement

The Stop the Violence Movement was a hip hop collaboration led by American rapper KRS-One, created in 1989 in response to violence in the hip hop and African-American communities.

In 1988, during a concert by Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy, a young fan was killed in a fight. The killing occurred shortly after the murder of Boogie Down Productions member Scott La Rock, who was fatally shot while trying to defuse an argument. KRS-One responded to these deaths by forming the Stop the Violence Movement to advance a vision of hip hop that would restore what he called hip hop's original principles to the music industry. Composed of some of the biggest stars in East Coast hip hop, the movement released a single, "Self Destruction", in 1989, with all proceeds going to the National Urban League.

"Self Destruction" was produced by KRS-One and D-Nice, and was also associate produced by Hank Shocklee of The Bomb Squad. The song featured KRS-One, D-Nice, Ms. Melodie, Delite, Daddy-O, Wise, Frukwan, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, Biz Markie, Chuck D and Flavor Flav.

The group has since been reincarnated twice with different members.

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